Reports from all around the world indicated the sure exit of two talents from Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann, and Philippe Coutinho however, new reports suggest that, that will not be the case and Barca will keep the two players. This is new for everyone, as the two players were the most expensive signings by Barca, and they needed to let go of their top earners. With both of them failing to live up to expectations, surely the Catalans would let them go but apparently not, as they are now planning to keep them unless some irresistible offer comes in.
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According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, the Catalans are willing to keep the players after changing their minds on their transfer status. A week ago, Griezmann was linked with Atletico, and Coutinho was linked with Liverpool. Both the players were supposed to go back to their former clubs however, now the tides have changed and Barca wants to keep both of them. This could be due to the lack of reasonable offers coming in for both of them.
Barcelona make a complete U-turn in terms of Griezmann and Coutinho
Barcelona are apparently not completely against selling the players however, they will only accept an irrefutable offer. The offer for a swap deal with Saul Niguez was not enough for the Catalans, and there have been no official offers for the Brazilian as of now. This plan of keeping both the players may become very costly later on as the club will have to keep on paying for two of their most expensive players on their payroll.
However, it could be very good news for Ronald Koeman as he used Griezmann regularly last season, and could have a role for him in the next season as well. In the case of Coutinho, Koeman used him regularly at the start of the season, and the Brazilian performed quite well. However, he suffered yet another injury that ruled him out for the majority of the season, and Koeman is hoping that the midfielder can come back fit for the next season, as he will be in Koeman’s plans.
Should Barca sell or keep Griezmann and Coutinho?