Barcelona “close” to signing Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona "close" to signing Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele

Barcelona football club are “close” to signing Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, according to the club’s sporting director.

The Catalan side, who lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup on Wednesday night, are looking to bolster their squad following the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

Barcelona have identified Liverpool midfielder Coutinho and Dortmund forward Dembele as their primary targets and look set to spend all of the €222million they received from Neymar’s sale on new acquisitions.

Dortmund are understood to have accepted a bid for Dembele, 20, which could rise to as much as €130million (£118million) with add-ons.

Liverpool are determined to hold on to Coutinho, who signed a new five-year contract just last season, but Barcelona feel a bid of just under £100million might be enough.

Speaking on Wednesday night, Barcelona’s sporting director Pep Segura admitted the club was in conversations with both players and added he was optimistic they would be playing at the Nou Camp this season.

“We are close to Coutinho and Dembele, we are discussing their conditions but we do not know when they will be sealed,” Segura told Spanish television station TV3. “We hope they will be Barcelona players this season.”

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