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Barcelona steer away from Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona have made moves to look at other transfer targets after failing to make progress in there bid for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Interest in Coutinho has been strong from the Catalan side ever since Neymar departed for Paris Saint Germain earlier this summer.

Whilst Coutinho is not seen as a direct replacement for his compatriot, Barca officials are under pressure to bring in some fresh faces and contest Real Madrid both domestically and on the European stage.

Andres Iniesta, Barca’s current captain, is edging closer to retirement and the La Liga giants believe Coutinho is the perfect replacement.

Liverpool have been strong in their desire to keep the former Inter Milan man, despite a transfer request being handed in by the midfielder two weeks ago and it is now of the notion that Barca have begun to feel discouraged by their lack of progress in completing the move.

Mundo Deportivo report that club officials have contacted Atletico Madrid on Antoine Griezmann, Monaco on Thomas Lemar and Juventus on Paulo Dybala.

The Catalan club seem convinced that Coutinho will now stay in England with Liverpool and play a part in their Premier League season, however, conflicting reports are emerging everyday about the Brazilian’s future.



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