Barcelona prepare moves for key Chelsea & Liverpool first-team stars
Barcelona are heavily linked with a growing interest in Chelsea winger Victor Moses and Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho according to recent reports.
25-year-old Nigerian international Moses was something of a forgotten man at Stamford Bridge prior to Antonio Conte’s summer arrival at the West London club and the Italian boss has shown great faith in the former Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic man and that faith has been repaid in a big way this term.
The Sun claim Barcelona see Moses as a possible option to fill a problematic right-back berth in Luis Enrique’s starting eleven with Aleix Vidal failing to impress in the role, leaving Sergi Roberto to be used in a unaccustomed role.
Moses has been very impressive this season, used in a wide role that though perhaps not as attacking as one would usually associate with the Blues man, is still more of a wing-back spot than a full-back spot.
Victor Moses netted the winner on Saturday night as Chelsea came from behind to inflict Tottenham’s first Premier League defeat of the season.
Previous Chelsea managers failed to find room for Moses and he was therefore sent out to Stoke City and Liverpool on season long loan spells where the speedster failed to make much of an impact and many would have expected a summer exit to follow Conte’s move to take over at the Premier League club but that hasn’t proven the case.
Moses has started seven of Chelsea’s 13 top tier domestic matches this term, scoring three times and providing an assist in the process, and Conte’s side have won every game he’s been in the starting eleven in 2016/17.
Meanwhile Barcelona continue to track Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and will be glad to hear that the injury suffered by the Brazilian over the weekend isn’t as bad as was first feared.
The 24-year-old Anfield star was subbed off with ankle knock as Liverpool beat Sunderland on Saturday but though the former Inter Milan man left on crutches it appears that as soon as the match had ended his condition improved according to The Guardian.
Coutinho has been in outstanding form over the past year and should feel indebted to Liverpool given the way the Merseyside outfit salvaged his career just as the creative midfield was languishing at Inter Milan but a move to Barcelona could prove very tempting for the Rio born star.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side are challenging for a Premier League title right now but come next summer if the club have failed in that undertaking, or perhaps even fallen out of the top four, then Coutinho could become a genuine Barcelona target.
The fact that Coutinho’s good friend Neymar plies his trade at the Catalan giants may prove a strong motivating factor also.