Barcelona transfer news: Inter Milan want Blaugrana midfielder, Barcelona could sell Brazilian, and more - 8th February 2019
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#3 Real Madrid in pole position to sign Barcelona target Matthijs De Ligt
If reports from the Don Balon are to be believed, Real Madrid have moved ahead of Barcelona to sign Dutch sensation Matthijs de Ligt. The Blaugrana have been chasing the 19-year-old for a long time, but it seems they could lose him to their arch-rivals in the summer.
Ajax have demanded €90m for their skipper, but super agent Mino Raiola is willing to offer his client to Los Blancos for €80m. As revealed by Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona were said to be keen on bringing the defender to Nou Camp after they roped in his teammate Frenkie de Jong in January,
However, the Catalans will now have to indulge in the tug-of-war for de Ligt with Los Merengues in the summer.
#2 Barcelona could sell Coutinho, claims journalist
Coutinho is facing torrid times at the Nou Camp, performing below expectations. His performances on the pitch have forced the Barcelona board to think about selling the superstar.
Spanish journalist Lluis Mascaro recently wrote on AS, exploring the possibility of Barcelona selling Coutinho in the coming summer.
"Coutinho has been at Barca for more than a year now and his performance has gone from more to less. Getting worse and that is unjustifiable in a player who has cost 150 million euros.
“If it's the most expensive signing in club history! Neither the support of Messi, nor the 'therapy' of Valverde, nor the advice of Bartomeu ... nothing has served to recover this player who, against Madrid, culminated his disastrous career.
“It has no excuse. No pardon. Either you react or you have to find an immediate exit in June. Before it ends up being unsaleable…”
#1 Inter Milan eyeing raid for Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic
Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic may have reiterated his desire to stay at the club, but the rumours about his exit are far from ceasing to exist.
According to Gazzetta dello Sporto via Sky Sports, the Croatian could switch clubs in the summer, with Inter Milan being touted as his next destination. Apparently, Rakitic fears his place on the team might be in danger after Barcelona signed Frenkie de Jong and are being strongly linked with a move for Adrien Rabiot.
Meanwhile, Inter Milan are also rumoured to be in negotiations with former coach Jose Mourinho to replace Luciano Spalletti as the boss next season.
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