Sources close to Barcelona told ESPN Deportes Jordi Blanco that the Spanish club has acquired the 25-year-old Brazilian Philippe Coutinho from the Premier League side, Liverpool, just five days after they sold superstar Neymar to PSG for a record breaking fee. The Coutinho deal is for about 90 million euros, but it could go up to 120 million euros with bonuses, according to ESPN FC. If Coutinho signs for Barcelona, they could in competition for the La Liga and Champions League trophies, while still making money this summer because of selling Neymar.
Honestly, I don’t think that Barcelona needs Neymar to be the best team in the world. Barcelona already have Messi, who is in every conversation for best player in the world and even in history. They also have Suarez, one of the best strikers in the world. Barça also have Iniesta, Rakitic, Pique, and a team that has competed for European glory for years. The only concern that they should have is that most of their best players are getting old. Messi, Suarez, and Pique are 30; Iniesta is 33; Rakitic is 29. That’s why Coutinho is a great signing because he is young and proven to be a great player in one of the world’s toughest leagues.
Coutinho scored 34 goals and had 29 assists in 138 games for Liverpool last season. His team had a record of 75-29 (without draws) in his 4.5 seasons at Anfield.
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Welcome to Transfer Rumors, where we look at some of the potential transfers that could be happening soon. All of the rumors were first reported at the site Football Whispers, which rates the transfers on a scale of 1-5. 1 is unlikely, while 5 is a done deal. Here are some emerging rumors.
Neymar to PSG. Rating: 3.5
Neymar has been in the news for a while now about how he could be signing a massive deal with Paris Saint-Germain. Sources have told ESPN FC that PSG will get Neymar for $258.9 million and that the deal is for at least 4 years. Neymar is currently in China to fulfill his promotional commitments with Barcelona. But the source tells ESPN FC that Neymar will complete a medical and sign a contract with PSG in Qatar later this week.
Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid. Rating: 3.8
Mbappe is a young player from France who has played for Monaco in the Ligue 1 for 1.5 years. He has such a high value because he is only 18 and has the potential to be one of the best strikers in the world. Mbappe got a new number, and some people are saying that Monaco is making a hint that Mbappe is staying.
Mesut Ozil to Barcelona. Rating: 1.6
Ozil could be moving to Barcelona from Arsenal, but the deal would be unlikely. Ozil was the club transfer record breaker when he signed from Real Madrid in 2013. And Ozil is probably the second best player on Arsenal behind Alexis Sanchez, and with Sanchez’s future unclear, Ozil would be the star of the team if Sanchez leaves.
Bonus: Nemanja Matic to Manchester United Confirmed
Manchester United announced today that Matic is signing for the Red Devils. Matic has signed a 3-year contract and will now be reunited with manager Jose Mourinho, who coached him before at Chelsea. Matic has been linked with Man U all summer, and the deal is finally done.
James Rodriguez, a midfielder who turns 26 today, signed a two-year loan with Bayern Munich yesterday. The Columbian player will be in the German League for two seasons after Real Madrid let him leave their team and go to Bayern. Bayern will have to pay Real Madrid 5 million euros each year and at the of the loan, they can pay 35.2 million euros to keep James permanently. Rodriguez played 111 times for Madrid, scoring 36 goals and making 41 assists. He was almost certain to leave Real Madrid permanently this summer after being left off the Champions League final squad. But now he will have the chance to play for one of the best teams in the world and the team that has won the Bundesliga 5 straight times. He will also be reunited with manager Carlo Ancelotti, who coached him at Real Madrid from 2014-2015.
Today we will be talking about some of the Transfer Rumors around soccer that could send players to different clubs and change lineups. These deals could happen, but we will have to wait until the deal is officially done or called off.
Matic to Old Trafford
Reports have come out recently that Nemanja Matic could be leaving Chelsea to sign with Manchester United this week. The 28-year-old Serbian CDM could be moving from London to Manchester if a deal works out. ESPN FC report that the deal could be worth about $45 million. Matic could be pushed out because Chelsea is close to signing Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco. Matic could be the CDM that Manchester United have been looking for since they sold Morgan Schneiderlin to Everton in January for $27 million.
Olivier Giroud to West Ham or Lyon?
Olivier Giroud could be moving to the French League or another London Premier League team after the French striker only played a small role in Arsenals 2016-2017 campaign. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said he is unlikely to transfer. Lyon acquired Bertrand Traore from Chelsea, and now they might not be confident in spending money on players until later in the transfer window. However, West Ham strikers only scored 16 goals in all competitions last year, and Giroud scored the same amount. West Ham needs a striker, and Giroud could be the man for the job.
Confirmed Transfer: Salah to Liverpool
Mohamed Salah has transferred to Liverpool from Roma for $47.7 million dollars. Salah is an Egyptian right winger who spent 1 year at the club. He has also played for FC Basel, Chelsea, Arab Contractors FC, and Fiorentina. He will arrive for Liverpool on July 1st.