Barcelona line-up £112m move for Arsenal & Liverpool stars as Luis Enrique is handed fresh transfer funds to improve Nou Camp squad
Barcelona’s average start to the current campaign will lead boss Luis Enrique to make moves for his top two transfer targets.
The Nou Camp side are readying a big money offer for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, with the La Liga outfit looking to sweeten any deal with the inclusion of a player exchange into the bargain.
Enrique will also look to tempt Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin into a return to Barcelona though the Barcelona manager is well aware that Arsene Wenger will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of the young Spanish international.
Brazilian star Coutinho has long been linked with a move to join Barcelona and his long run of good form has merely increased speculation of such a transfer and by all accounts the creative midfielder’s best friend, star forward Neymar, has already started the ball rolling by privately discussing a possible move to bring in the Anfield star.
The 24-year-old is now a firm fan favourite on Merseyside and a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s first-team set-up but the German may well fear losing Coutinho should Barcelona make a genuine attempt to bring in the former Inter Milan man.
Some sources have discussed the possibility of a £60m cash deal for the player, coupled with the inclusion of either Arda Turan or Lucas Digne as part of a player plus cash offer.
Clearly Liverpool are more than aware of Barcelona’s ability to lure Liverpool stars having seen Luis Suarez make a similar move two and a half years ago.
Hector Bellerin, value at around £40m, is arguably one of the best right-sided defenders in world football and a player who has matured into a very able defensive performer as well as proving a real threat in opposition territory.
Wenger signed Bellerin back in 2013 after the Barcelona born wide-man failed to force his way into the club’s first-team squad and has now racked up 84 appearances for the North London club and now Enrique wants to bring the 21-year-old back to his hometown.
Arsenal have seen a number of their stars leave for Barcelona in recent seasons with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Alexander Hleb and Thierry Henry making such moves and Wenger may face a real struggle to prevent a similar story playing out.
Barcelona have started the current campaign in average fashion and now sit behind Real Madrid and are keen to once again assert themselves on their arch-rivals both domestically and in Champions League action.