Barcelona may not surrender in their quest for Philippe Coutinho. Yet the Catalan mammoths aren’t discounting elective alternatives if they once again fail to persuade Liverpool to part with the Brazilian playmaker.
The La Liga pioneers made futile attempts all summer to convey Philippe Coutinho to the Camp Nou. However, the Anfield club steadfastly declined to part with their star player. Maybe still bitter about Barca snatching up Luis Suarez away from them, three years prior.
At last, La Blaugrana wound up separating with £135 million for OusmaneDembele. Despite the fact that the Frenchman then very quickly injured himself and was cast out for four months. Not that Dembele’s injury has hindered Ernesto Valverde’s team in any capacity, as they lead La Liga by four points after winning nine of their opening ten league games.
Furthermore, should Barca once again demonstrate futility in landing the former Internazionale youngster, they will turn their consideration towards Arsenal’s top target, Thomas Lemar.
“The Telegraph” have announced that not only will the Camp Nou club follow Lemar should a move for Coutinho not appear but, rather additionally that, on the off chance that it does, the Reds themselves will eye the Monaco winger as a trade for the Brazilian, which could be very problematic for Arsenal, who practically marked the 21-year-old on transfer deadline day as a substitute for Alexis Sanchez, who was believed to go to Manchester City.
In any case, as we as a whole know now, everything went tits up for the Gunners on deadline day, and Lemar’s £90 million change to North London didn’t work out as expected, leaving Sanchez prone to leaving the Emirates Stadium either on cheap in January or for nothing next summer.
In light of Sanchez’s looming departure, Lemar is still mainly figuring into Arsene Wenger’s future transfer plans. Yet potential rivalry from Barcelona and Liverpool could ruin all of those plans.