Football

Luis Enrique is targeting a Premier League star.

Barcelona have made one of the Premier League's best players their top target

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

Barcelona’s last two forays into the Premier League have yielded mixed results.

The Spanish giants swooped to take Luis Suarez from Liverpool in July 2014 and the Uruguayan has already turned into a club hero.

One month after signing Suarez, Barcelona paid Arsenal £15 million for Thomas Vermaelen. He’s made 11 league appearances for the Blaugrana and is currently on loan at Roma.

Article continues below

The Premier League hasn’t always been Barcelona’s best friend. Alex Song will go down as one of the strangest signings in the club’s history, but fans will remember Javier Mascherano for a very long time.

The adjustment from English football to La Liga is smooth for some, but more difficult for others. But Barcelona have seen enough to believe their latest target will thrive.

Article continues below

Their interest in Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho has been well documented. According to Spanish outlet Sport, the Brazilian playmaker is their number one transfer target.

The front cover of today’s edition of Sport features the headline: “Objetivo Coutinho”. You don’t need a degree in Spanish to work out what that means.

p1b19ggo4857qn7f1n341tod1pre9.jpg

Coutinho scored a stunner for Brazil last night

Can Barca afford Coutinho?

Despite Barca’s interest in the 24-year-old, who scored a beauty for Brazil in last night’s win over Argentina, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague doubts the player will leave Merseyside any time soon.

“He needs a bit more glamour for Real Madrid to have big, big interest,” Balague wrote for Sky Sports. “For Barcelona, they need to decide what to do with Arda Turan, and then they have to decide whether a player like Coutinho fits in that team.

“The problem with Coutinho as a No 10, he hasn't got a place in a Barcelona 4-3-3. He has to play wide, or play deeper, but that isn't his role, so it's difficult to find a place for him.

“Let's see who the manager is at Barcelona next season, or if Luis Enrique continues, but certainly he would be so expensive that I couldn't see Barca coming in for him just yet.

“At the moment, neither of them are in the equation, but let's see how things progress.”

Is Coutinho good enough for Barcelona? Let us know in the comments section below!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Thierry Henry
Football
Premier League
Andres Iniesta
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again