Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu has told chasing Chelsea that Philippe Coutinho will not be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Coutinho is regarded as one of the finest creators in Europe and was supposed to be the long-term successor to Andreas Iniesta at the Camp Nou, but he has failed to make the kind of impact this season that made him a Liverpool superstar in the Premier league.
And that has led to a lot of speculation that the £142 million rated midfielder could be sold at the end of the season, with some reports even suggesting that Barcelona are willing to cash in if we meet the £65 million valuation, a significant drop in the price of the Brazilian star.
But now reports have revealed that Barcelona will not sell Coutinho this summer, the club’s president Bartomeu claims.
“Coutinho is a great player, excellent, and he’s getting better and better,” He said on the Daily Express website
“It’s not easy to play at Barca, he was here for six months last season and he has the confidence of the coach, he’s a global player and we expect a lot from him.
“He will continue at Barca, it’s different and Barca needs different players.”
Meanwhile, Guillem Balague has opened up and claimed that Real Madrid are only prepared to pay £78 million to secure a transfer deal for Eden Hazard this coming summer.
There has been a lot said about the performances of Hazard this season, as he has kept them in the hunt for a top four spot and Europa league title success. But there has also been a lot of transfer speculation surrounding his future and a possible move to Madrid.
It is believed we would let the star man depart the club at the end of the season, if Madrid meet the £98 million valuation they have placed on Hazard. But that could be a massive problem as Balgue has claimed that Madrid are only prepared to offer around £78 million.
“Chelsea want £100million and Real Madrid are not willing to pay that kind of money,” Spanish journalist Balague revealed on his YouTube channel.
“They think €80m (£69m), €90m (£78m) will do.
“The idea is to get it as cheaply as possible. Remember, he’s got only one year left on his contract.”
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