Barcelona admit to Coutinho struggle

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    Coutinho handed in a transfer request last week

    Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has admitted that the Spanish club are struggling to get a deal done for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

    The Catalan club have seen two offers rejected for the Brazil international and are concerned that they won’t be able to get a deal over the line before the transfer window closes.

    “Not just Barca but any team looking for top quality players are getting involved in a very difficult situation in this market.” he said.

    “Why? Because the market is where clubs like us want to sign top quality players. There’s no buy-out clauses so that makes things trickier.

    “Yes, we are negotiating with clubs to make several signings, but in all awareness of the difficulty. We need to work our way into a favourable situation and hopefully close these deals as quickly as possible.”

    “Dembele and Coutinho are two important players that we like a lot and have done for a long time. They have the conditions, the right age and could adapt to our football. They would be good to have here. That’s the reality.

    “With respect to Liverpool and Dortmund, when there are negotiations you need time, you need to work things into a favourable situation for players and ourselves.

    “We still have days ahead of us, would like to move things faster, but do admit they’re two players we would like here. But it’s the clubs who will have the final say on if we finally achieve those two transfers.” he finished.

    Many Liverpool supporters will be hoping that Coutinho is still a Red when the transfer window closes.

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