Barcelona transfer news: Ronaldinho could make a shock return, Messi wants Gomes sold and more - 19th September 2017
Ronaldinho to be an emergency signing
Ronaldinho's name has made it to the list of players who Barcelona want to sign on a free transfer to replace the injured Ousmane Dembele, reports Daily Star.
Barcelona's record €105 million signing has suffered a lengthy injury layoff and will be out of action for over months. This has pushed the Catalan club to go out and sign at least 1 player to give them option out wide.
Ronaldinho, a club legend would never turn down an opportunity to help the club as the Brazilian is still in shape to play professional football.
Ronaldinho is currently showcasing his skills in India's Premier Futsal League and scored twice in the first match for Delhi Dragons.
Barca are eying a move for Ronaldinho but have also kept Diego Forlan, Diego Capel Jose Antonio Reyes, and Florent Malouda as a potential target this season.
Messi wants Gomes and Alcacer sold
Lionel Messi is desperate for Barcelona's squad strength to improve and wants to see the likes of Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer get sold in the January transfer window, reports Don Balon.
Reports claim that Barcelona have made plans to spend over €150million in January and will generate funds from getting rid of Gomes, Alcacer and Arda Turan.
Messi is increasingly frustrated with Barcelona's squad strength in comparison to Real Madrid and according to club's insiders, he is playing with a lot of anger this season.
Despite a healthy 4-point lead against Real Madrid, Messi wants to see new players in January before finally agreeing to sign his long overdue contract extension.
Coutinho's valuation was never met
According to latest reports in Spain, it has been revealed that Barcelona were nowhere near Liverpool's valuation of €200million for their star playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
Club chief Josep Maria Bartomeu confirmed that Barcelona will not make a fresh move for Coutinho in January and also stated that the Catalan side were never in a position to bid anything beyond €100million for the Brazilian.
Bartomeu said: "I will not say how much we offered, but they asked for €200m" the president added. "We weren't going to give €200m or €150m - we decided to step away from such an expensive market, our offer was less than €100m, with add-ons it could have reached €120m."