Barcelona to buy Coutinho in January, Real Madrid to sell Bale for €100m and other transfer news and updates of the day- 12th October 2017
Hello and welcome to Sportskeeda's latest transfer news and rumours roundup. Today's stories feature the latest update on some of the major happenings in world football which may change the complexion of a few clubs. So let's head right in and take a look at the major happenings across Europe that made headlines on October 12, 2017:
Messi to get £80m signing bonus at Barcelona
La Blaugrana are desperate to get Lionel Messi to extend his contract and stay at Nou Camp. In order to get it done, they are willing to offer a whopping £80m as a signing bonus, according to Daily Star.
According to reports, Messi had agreed to terms earlier this year but after the club encountered a few stumbling blocks on the transfer business front among others, Messi hasn't been too keen and has stayed reluctant to put pen to paper.
Now that Manchester City are willing to break the bank and spend as much as £357m to bring Messi to Etihad, Barcelona are ready to get their act together and offer a huge amount to motivate Messi to sign.
Barcelona will try to sign Philippe Coutinho in January
Barcelona CEO Oscar Grau said in a press conference that the club will buy long-term transfer target Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in January. Barcelona went all out in the pursuit of the Brazilian playmaker but had as many as four offers rebuffed by the Scousers.
Speaking at a press-conference, Grau revealed,
"We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market, or any player the technical staff request. But it is important to adjust ourselves, so if there are to be arrivals, there must be exits as well.
"We must forget about the price paid for Neymar last summer. After taxes we received about €188m in income and a direct financial impact on the club's treasury of €144m."
Real Madrid willing to sell Gareth Bale for €100m
Los Blancos are willing to offload the Welshman given they get back the €100m they paid to sign him in 2013.
Bale's time at Madrid has been plagued by injuries and manager Zinedine Zidane feels like he cannot count on the winger given his intermittent unavailability. Manchester United are reportedly frontrunners for Bale.
However, it will be interesting to see whether or not Manchester United are going to be willing to take the risk of signing an injury prone Bale for €100m when they could invest it elsewhere.