La Liga Expert Claims Barcelona Haven’t Opened Talks With Coutinho But He Could Still Leave

?Guillem Balague has claimed Barcelona haven’t yet approached Philippe Coutinho about a move to the Nou Camp.

The Brazilian’s proposed transfer to the Blaugrana is one of the longest running sagas of the year, and reports have continued despite the closure of the summer transfer window.

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The January window opens on Monday, however and there is expectation that Barca will come back in for Coutinho, but according to Balague no progress has been made between the two parties.

He wrote on Twitter: “On Coutinho. There has been no meetings with Barcelona, FCB have put no new offer (yet), LFC have put no price to him, there was no promise from LFC to him to sell him now, LFC are not forced to sell, but…

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“As there has been no new offer from FCB yet, we don’t know what LFC’s final stand. But they seem more ambiguous. ‘Nothing is forever… there’s always a solution’ (Klopp). Are they planning to agree something for the summer? Open to huge offer? Things clearer when FCB sends offer.”

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The 25-year-old has shone for Liverpool so far this season, despite having put in a transfer request to leave back in summer – he has scored 12 goals in all competitions, but it remains to be seen if he will add to that tally as the January window opens.

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LEAKED: Potential Designs for Barca’s 2018/19 Away & 3rd Kits Surface Online

?Barcelona’s away and third strips for the 2018/19 season have been leaked online, well at least the supposed design.

Said design was released by footyheadlines.com, who have quite the good record when it comes to revealing upcoming kits way in advance of their launch.

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According to the site, the Catalan side’s upcoming away kit will be bright green, or ‘volt’ for the third time in the club’s history. Barca have previously donned such away threads in 2005/06 and 2014/15, and could bring back the fan favourite theme next season.

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The third kit is reported as being maroon and pink, which is not dissimilar to the club’s current third. This is as a result of Rakuten being the sponsor, and the electronic company will be sponsoring the Spanish side for the second season running.

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The club’s 2018/19 third kit is expected to be launched in August or September of 2018.

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Rising Chelsea Star Andreas Christensen Reportedly Interesting Thread-Bare Barcelona

?Chelsea youngster Andreas Christensen has made his way on to Barcelona’s radar after emerging as one of the Premier League’s top young talents.

The 21-year-old has pushed David Luiz out of the first team after the Brazilian endured a shocker against Roma in the Champions League, and Christensen has looked impressively assured in the Chelsea backline in recent weeks.

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The Dane has missed the Blues’ last two matches through a bout of illness, but should be restored to the starting XI by Antonio Conte for the upcoming game against Arsenal.

His superb positioning and strong ball-playing attributes have prompted Barcelona to keep tabs on him, as reported by the ?Mirror, and the Blaugrana may be set to test the waters.

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Barca are light in defence at the moment, with Samuel Umtiti a long term injury victim and Javier Mascherano set to depart the Nou Camp for China, and so they are rumoured to be keen to bring someone in in January – Manchester United defender Daley Blind has also been linked.

It is understood that Chelsea want to move quickly to offer Christensen a new deal in order to fend off interest from other clubs – his current deal runs until 2020.

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It has been a good rise for the defender, who was signed by Chelsea in 2013 from Brondby, before being loaned out to Borussia Monchengladbach for experience.

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Sergi Roberto Contract Talks Stall Over Release Clause Amid Interest From Juventus

Barcelona and Sergi Roberto are still no closer to finalising the 25-year-old’s new contract at the Camp Nou and discussions over a new deal are expected to run well into the new year.

The Catalan side aren’t happy with Roberto’s current buyout clause, which is set at €40m, and want to increase it tenfold to deter interest from across Europe, according to Marca.

However, the stalling contract talks have alerted Italian giants Juventus to the Spaniard’s situation in Catalonia and the Old Lady are considering a move for Roberto – who is being lined up as a long-term replacement for Stephan Lichtsteiner, according to Calciomercato.

Roberto, who came through the youth ranks at Barcelona as a midfielder, has largely been filling in for summer signing Nélson Semedo this season. 

The Portuguese right-back, who joined Barcelona from Benfica in a €30m deal back in July, hasn’t hit the ground running in Catalonia and has made just 10 La Liga appearances this season.

However, Barcelona want to hold onto their academy graduate and could potentially look to bring Roberto back into their midfield in the future.

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Despite their interest in the Spaniard, Juventus are unlikely to be overly aggressive in their approach. The Old Lady have been seen taking their time in their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, hoping that the allure of playing in Turin is enough to convince the player of snubbing offers from elsewhere.

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Spanish Media Claim Coutinho Is Eyeing Houses Close to Former Teammate Ahead of Potential Barca Move

Philippe Coutinho is already looking at houses in Catalonia as talk of a potential move to Barcelona heats up ahead of the January transfer window.

The Brazilian playmaker was the subject of a number of bids from the Blaugrana over the summer, however, Liverpool held their nerve and rejected all moves for the 25-year-old.

With the January transfer window now just around the corner, Coutinho is again being linked with a move to Barcelona, and Catalan media outlet Mundo Deportivo are claiming that the former Inter prodigy is looking at houses close to his former Liverpool teammate Luis Suárez.

It is reported that Coutinho’s agent has been instructed to look at houses close to the Uruguayan striker as Liverpool, who recently confirmed the signing of long-term defensive target Virgil van Dijk, would have to try and balance their books in January.

However, Jürgen Klopp has refuted these claims, insisting that he doesn’t have to sell Coutinho to recoup the £75m Liverpool splashed out on Southampton’s star defender.

No,” Klopp said, as quoted by the Mirror. “Nobody told me that. We have signed a good player and we don’t have to sell anybody because of that. So fair play to our owners that they are ambitious.”

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??Coutinho in known to be interested in moving to the Camp Nou, even though childhood friend Neymar left to join Paris Saint-Germain over the summer. The Liverpool star would join a long list of Brazilians who thrilled fans in Catalonia, with the likes of Ronaldinho, Rivaldo and Ronaldo all enjoying spells at the club.

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