A transfer U-turn means Manchester United and Chelsea could land a star South American for a cut-price €115m this summer, while Arsenal have a €40m solution to their left-back issues, according to Monday’s European papers.
BARCELONA NAME PRICE FOR COUTINHO
Barcelona have contacted suitors to inform them that Philippe Coutinho WILL be made in the summer after his season of disappointment showed no signs of improving.
That’s according to Marca, who claim the club are ready to perform a U-turn on their previous insistence that the player will not be allowed to move on at the end of the season.
Coutinho joined Barcelona in a club record €160m switch from Liverpool in January 2018, but has failed to find his consistent best and has badly struggled for form in recent weeks.
Now the Spanish paper claim Barcelona have told Chelsea, seeking a replacement for Eden Hazard, and Manchester United, possibly looking to offload Alexis Sanchez, that Coutinho will be up for grabs if either side matches their €115m valuation.
Barcelona are ready to re-shape their side this summer and plan to sell both Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic – most likely to Inter in a €30m deal – with Frenkie De Jong already coming in for €85m.
But the sale of Coutinho would come as a surprise with Barcelona ready to make a €45m loss on their investment after just 18 months at the club.
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AND THE REST
Arsenal are plotting a €40m move for Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo this summer after a scout took in their match this weekend (Mundo Deportivo)
Arsenal rejected an offer of €18m for Aaron Ramsey in January as he is deemed too important in their efforts to return to the Champions League. The Welshman will finalise a free transfer move to Turin in the summer though after already agreeing terms (Calciomercato)
Barcelona and PSG will go head to head this summer in the race for Ferland Mendy, with both sides willing to spend €40m to sign the Lyon left-back (Paris United)
Napoli have reportedly reached an agreement with Pablo Fornals’ agent for the Villarreal midfielder to replace Marek Hamsik. The player was wanted by Arsenal as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey (Corriere dello Sport)
Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong – who is to join Barcelona in a €85m deal this summer – is a doubt to face Real Madrid in the Champions League this week due to a thigh problem (Marca)
Marouane Fellaini has admitted he was close to joining PSG last summer until new manager Thomas Tuchel blocked the move (Telefoot)
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is ready to snub a Premier League move in favour of joining Inter Milan in a €30m deal at the end of the season (Gazzetta dello Sport)
Juventus will target one of Real Madrid pair Isco or James Rodriguez if Paulo Dybala leaves in the summer (Tuttosport)