Barcelona Star Ousmane Dembele Reportedly Not Keen on the Potential Signing of Philippe Coutinho

?Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele does not want Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho to join the Catalan giants, according to ?Don Balon. 

The Frenchman is not keen on the Brazilian making a move to the Nou Camp, as it would potentially hinder the ex-?Borussia Dortmund man’s playing time.

Dembele signed for Barcelona in the summer for a club-record fee of £96m. The France international was brought in to replace Neymar Jr. who made a world-record £200m move to PSG in the summer.

The report also claims that Dembele told his close friends that he hopes that the deal for Coutinho falls through. Dembele has barely featured for ?Barcelona this season, mostly down to injury. 

The Catalan giants face Celta Vigo, in the first leg of their last 16 Copa del Rey tie on Thursday night, and the French winger is reportedly set to make his long awaited return against the Celticos.

It is quite strange to hear this news coming out of the Barcelona camp. With the likes of Denis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic failing to produce this season, many would believe that the signing of Coutinho would be welcomed with opened arms by the Barcelona players, but in the case of Dembele this does not seem to be the case.

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As for ?Liverpool, they will need to forget the ongoing rumours of a possible transfer away for Coutinho and focus their attention on their upcoming FA Cup third round fixture against local rivals ?Everton on Friday night.


Barcelona Manager Valverde Insists He Doesn’t Know What Will Happen as Coutinho Saga Continues

?Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed that he is unsure about the future of Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho and that he happy with his current squad despite continued speculation linking the club with the Brazilian.

There is a ?strong belief that Coutinho will get his desired move to the Camp Nou during the January transfer window, with reports claiming Liverpool’s stance has softened but Valverde remained coy on any potential transfer.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s match away to Celta Vigo in the Copa Del Rey, Valverde was asked to give his take on the Coutinho situation, with AS quoting him as saying : “I don’t know. I hear a lot of things and I don’t know whether they are true or not.

“He is a player for another team. He is a fine player and we don’t know what will happen. I really like what I have on my team now. We will see if he comes or not.”

When asked about the prospect of a move for Coutinho being delayed until the summer, Valverde replied: “I have nothing to say about him. He is at another club and we respect other club and we respect the player.”

Having failed with three bids for Coutinho in the summer, it is thought that the Catalan giants are preparing a bid to match ?Liverpool’s reported asking price of £130m for the Brazilian.

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Coutinho has so far scored 12 goals in 20 appearances this season and has been one of Liverpool’s standout performers as they sit fourth in the Premier League.


Spanish International Star ‘Wants Barcelona Return’ After Becoming Frustrated at Bayern Munich

?Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara is unhappy with life in Germany and wants to return to Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Football Espana).

The Spaniard left Camp Nou for ?Bayern in 2013, following Pep Guardiola to the Allianz Arena, but is believed to be keen on heading back.


Thiago’s father, Mazinho, has been speaking to Barca regarding a loan move to Celta Vigo for the player’s brother, Rafinha, per the report, and during the discussions indicated that his other son would like to return.

The player is said to have grown frustrated under Jupp Heynckes, who took over from Carlo Ancelotti last year.

Having come up through the ?Barca academy, the 26-year-old was touted as one of the club’s future legends, but the Catalan side surprisingly agreed to sell him to Bayern over four years ago, and he has continued his development, becoming one of the best central midfielders in Europe.

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Barca have struggled to maintain a formidable midfield since his departure and have seen the likes of Andre Gomes, Arda Turan and Denis Suarez fail to impact their fortunes.

The arrival of Paulinho last summer, though, has proven an astounding success, while Ivan Rakitic has proven an immense addition since joining in 2014. The ageing Andres Iniesta is still a huge presence as well.

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Despite Thiago’s reported frustrations under Heynckes, it would be surprising if Bayern do decide to send him back to Barcelona, given his talent, plus the fact that the manager is only going to be around until the end of the season.


Barcelona, Liverpool & PSG Interested in Signing Roma Goalkeeper Alisson After Excellent Recent Form

?Roma currently sit fourth within Serie A and have conceded the least amount of goals within the entire division, with many thanks to the Brazilian shot-stopper, Alisson.

Football Italia have reported that due to his outstanding performances defending the Roma goal, he has caught the eye of European giants Barcelona and Paris-Saint Germain. Liverpool are rumoured to be interested in signing him too, just six months after raiding Rome to take Mohamed Salah to Merseyside.


Alisson, 25, joined the Giallorossi in 2016 for £7.5m, acting as the understudy for Wojciech Szczesny before cementing his place within the first team. In addition to this, since joining from Internacional, the goalkeeper has gone onto represent his country on 20 occasions and has kept a handful of clean sheets within the league. 

Paris-Saint Germain, whose goalkeepers include Kevin Trapp and Alphonse Areola, have failed to persist of a goalkeeper capable of holding down a first-team spot. Therefore, they may look to the Brazilian stopper as the answer to their problems.

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Liverpool meanwhile have been on the lookout for a new goalkeeper for a number of months, and were most recently ?linked with Stoke’s Jack Butland. Both Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet have failed to convince as number one during their time at Anfield.

Barcelona on the other hand have a safe pair of hands between the sticks in the form of Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Despite this, Alisson may be brought in to provide some healthy competition for the German. 

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Roma’s next fixture will take place on January 6, where they take on Atalanta within Serie A and Alisson will look to continue his magnificent form. 


Barcelona Confirm Ousmane Dembele Is Ready to Return From Injury After Near 4-Month Layoff

La Liga leaders ?Barcelona have received a fresh boost to their season with the news that winger Ousmane Dembele is once again available to play for the Catalan club following a significant spell on the sidelines.

The 20-year-old French winger hasn’t featured for Catalan giants since rupturing a tendon in his left thigh during a 2-1 win at Getafe on the 16th September, a layoff much longer than ?initial reports had suggested.

A statement released on ?Barcelona’s website on Tuesday read: “The return of Ousmane Dembélé to the pitch is getting closer. In fact, on Tuesday he received medical discharge from the Club’s Medical Services and, therefore, Ernesto Valverde can already count on him.
“The 20-year-old will be able to play again, three and a half months after the rupture of the tendon of the femoral biceps in his left thigh, an injury that occurred against Getafe on September 16.

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“Despite the need for an operation in Finland, Dembélé quickly started his recovery process and began doing specific work at the Ciutat Esportiva on December 6, ending on January 2.”

That injury has restricted Dembele to just three appearances for Barca following his controversial €105m move from Borussia Dortmund in August, which made him the joint second most expensive player in world football, alongside his fellow countryman and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

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While the statement claims Dembele is now ready to feature for Barcelona again, it is unclear yet whether he will feature in feature in Barcelona’s next fixture, a Copa Del Rey game away to Celta Vigo on Thursday.


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