Barcelona are willing to help French midfielder Ndombele leave Tottenham and coach Jose Mourinho, whom he has fallen out with. It could also be a good way of moving on Philippe Coutinho.
The Independent say that Barcelona, conscious of Ndombele’s situation, have spoke to the English side about a trade deal for Coutinho or Nelson Semedo.
However they say this operation would be difficult given that Tottenham want to recoup the 55 million they paid Olympique Lyon in 2019. Bayern Munich and PSG are also interested so Barcelona would have tough competition.
Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with the agent of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho ahead of launching a bid this summer.
Coutinho is on a season-long loan deal at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga club have revealed they won’t activate the option to make the move permanent.
That means the Brazilian will return to Barcelona at the end of the season, where he appears unlikely to regain a place in the starting XI.
Coutinho moved to the Nou Camp from Liverpool three years ago but has failed to secure regular first team football and looks set to leave this summer.
According to Le10sport.com, Arsenal have made the 27-year-old one of their top transfer targets and opened talks with his agent, Kia Joorabchian.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is believed to be a huge admirer of Coutinho, who can play either in an attacking midfield role or as a left sided forward.
It was in those two roles that he rose to prominence at Liverpool, where he spent four seasons before moving on to Barca in a £142 million deal.
During his time at the Reds, Coutinho scored 41 goals in 152 games and established himself as one of Europe’s most highly-rated attacking talents.
Now he’ll be determined to reestablish his reputation and Arsenal could provide the opportunity to do just that as Arteta looks to rebuild the Gunners squad he inherited when he replaced Unai Emery in December.
Arsenal could face competition for his services from a host of top European clubs, as well as Premier League rivals Chelsea who are also reported to be weighing up a move.
Philippe Coutinho will not join Bayern Munich permanently – but the club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has opened the door to another loan move for the Brazilian.
“The option expired and we haven’t activated it,” Rummenigge told German magazine Der Spiegel on Friday.
“We’re going to plan our squad for next season and we’ll see if he still has a role to play with us or not.”
Coutinho played a starring role for Liverpool before leaving for Barcelona in a £130million deal in January 2018.
The Brazilian failed to nail down a starting spot at Barca, leading to his loan move to the Bundesliga this season.
It is thought the Catalan Club are keen to offload Coutinho – or at least get him off the wage bill by sending him out on another loan.
Mirror Sport understands that Liverpool have no interest in taking Coutinho back, but several of their Premier League rivals have been credited with an interest in the midfielder, with Chelsea believed to be at the front of the queue.
Coutinho made 32 appearances in all competitions for Bayern this season, scoring nine goals and posting eight assists. He is currently recovering from ankle surgery.
Philippe Coutinho filled a Lionel Messi role while on the books at Liverpool, with Frank de Boer saying the Brazilian “doesn’t fit the puzzle” now that he has joined an Argentine superstar at Barcelona.
The former Barca star told talkSPORT: “I think Coutinho was a player where everything [went through] him, every ball went to him at Liverpool.
“He could probably do less work, basically what Messi does with Barcelona.
“And the thing is you see how everything works together, it’s like a machine.
“If one is not doing it it’s fine maybe, they can handle that, but if it’s two similar types of players, that they also want every ball and have that special position in the team, then you see how vulnerable a team can be.
“I think we saw that with Barcelona. There’s only one that can do that now and that is Messi.
“The team is adapting and if you have to adapt for two players like this, it’s difficult.
“I think Coutinho is an unbelievable player but sometimes he doesn’t fit the puzzle and maybe with another club it will go perfectly well.
“It doesn’t mean he is a bad player. It doesn’t mean that you are not a great player when you can’t play for Barcelona – no.
“It sometimes doesn’t fit your style of play and sometimes you have bad luck, not bad luck, that Messi’s around and he has that role, and then you have to do a different role that doesn’t suit you a little bit.
“So it’s a shame for Coutinho but I think now he will do okay.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers admits Philippe Coutinho is “way out of our price bracket” despite speculation suggesting that the former Liverpool manager could be reunited with a Brazilian playmaker.
Transfer talk is building heading towards the next window, although it is yet to be determined when that will open given that football remains locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rodgers previously worked with the 27-year-old at Anfield, but he doubts the Foxes could afford to do a deal for a player also being heavily linked with a return to England at Chelsea.
“I’ve seen lots of speculation around young Phil, I don’t think… Philippe’s a wonderful player, a brilliant talent, but he would be someone who is way out of our price bracket,” Rodgers told the Eamonn and the Gaffers podcast.
The Northern Irishman added on his recruitment plans: “In terms of transfers, it’s something that we’re tentatively looking at.
“The market I feel is going to be very difficult this year, this coming summer.
“It’s one where we have discussions but there’s certainly nothing concrete at this stage.”
While Rodgers’ focus remains locked on his current employers, he has been keeping an eye on Liverpool’s progress in 2019-20.
The Reds were 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League before football shut down and their former boss hopes they will be given the chance to wrap up a long-awaited title triumph.
Rodgers added: “They’ve clearly been consistently the best team.
“The level that they’ve been playing at, the quality – they’ve just been absolutely fantastic.
“So it would be an absolute shame if they don’t get the chance to lift the title.
“They’ve been waiting so, so long – they’re deserving of it. But Jurgen [Klopp] will be like everyone, hoping that we can get back playing but obviously in a safe environment.”
Philippe Coutinho should never have been allowed to leave Barcelona on loan and would be key for the team if he was played in the right position, according to former club technical director Robert Fernandez.
Former Spain international midfielder Fernandez, who played for Barca between 1986 and 1990, served as sporting director between 2015 and 2018, and was responsible for bringing Coutinho to Camp Nou.
Coutinho arrived at Barca in a €160 million (£140m/$175m) deal back in 2018 after excelling for Liverpool in the Premier League, but has never produced his best form in La Liga.
He joined Bayern Munich on loan last summer, but his performances in Germany have also been patchy and the Bundesliga club are unlikely to exercise the €80m (£70m/$87m) purchase option they have for the 27-year-old.
That has left Barca looking to sell Coutinho on as they aim to fund new attacking signings such as Neymar and Lautaro Martinez, with Chelsea among the clubs linked with the Brazil international.
However Fernandez thinks Barcelona are giving up on Coutinho too soon, and that he can provide the attacking edge the club need to return to a dominant position in European football, as well as praising the Brazilian’s attitude.
Speaking exclusively to Goal, Fernandez said: “Watching this Barcelona team, you need fast forward players, able to unbalance the opponents; passing and passing the ball is good but you need the capacity to unbalance because it’s impossible to win games by only passing the ball. I think Busquets, Arthur, De Jong, Rakitic are important – and Coutinho, I think he should never leave.
“Barcelona is different to the rest, possession and good treatment of the ball are required and Coutinho has an extraordinary quality. He scores often, so I never understood why he was loaned, it is only about finding his position on the pitch. Maybe something could be done better with him or perhaps the player found himself in a bad situation.
“I think some players need patience because they are the ones who win games. We can’t discuss a player like him, able to unbalance, who works harder, who scores often and he never complains. Barcelona can’t be allowing these players to leave because these are the ones who make Camp Nou fans jump out of their seats.
“I can’t speak about financial reasons but on the pitch Coutinho is a great professional, he loves to work, but for players at this level when they are on the bench they can lose their course and this is not good for the club nor the player.
“He is such a very special player. If it was my decision, Coutinho would never had left.”
Philippe Coutino has been linked with a shock move to Newcastle United as speculation continues over the former Liverpool star’s future.
Coutinho could be on his way back to the Premier League this summer, with Chelsea believed to be leading the race to sign the Barcelona misfit.
Tottenham, Everton and Leicester have also been touted as potential destinations for the Brazilian, who has failed to hit the heights of his starring role at Liverpool since making a big-money move to Barca in January 2018.
But Newcastle are the latest club to be mentioned in connection with the 27-year-old, who has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich.
With the Magpies set for a £300million takeover by a Saudi-led consortium, Mundo Deportivo reports that the Tyneside club would be willing to match Barcelona’s £110m price tag for Coutinho.
The attacking midfielder would be a flagship signing for new owners looking to establish Newcastle as a serious force in the Premier League.
Bayern are believed to be unwilling to pay Barcelona’s asking price to make Coutinho’s switch permanent, while Liverpool have told the player they are not interested in re-signing him.