Barcelona transfer news: Coutinho, Rakitic and Rafinha waiting on Premier League moves | Football | Sport


Barcelona’s Coutinho, Rakitic and Rafinha are all sweating over Premier League deals before the English transfer deadline.

Coutinho has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp since the end of the summer, while Everton are reportedly interested in Rakitic.

Rafinha has also attracted the attention of Tottenham and Liverpool over recent years.

Coutinho has fallen down the pecking order at Barca, and his future remains in doubt.

The Brazilian is open to starting a new challenge, but would only sign for Liverpool if he were to rejoin the Premier League.

He’s already ruled out a transfer to Manchester United, despite being strongly linked with them earlier in the transfer window.

Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, told talkSPORT: “Manchester United is a great club. I have players there and I have all the respect, but in regards to Philippe, it would be extremely difficult – an almost impossible move.

“It would be very difficult for Philippe to play for any of Liverpool’s rivals, because he has a great affinity with Liverpool.

“His time there was fantastic. It would be difficult for him to go to a rival.

“Every time we talked about that we had the same conversation, it would be difficult for him to play for another club in the Premier League.”

But Liverpool have ruled out a move for Coutinho, as Jurgen Klopp revealed they simply couldn’t afford him this summer.

Meanwhile, Rakitic has been linked with a move to Everton, as Marco Silva is keen to recruit another midfielder.

Rakitic has two years left on his current Barcelona contract, but he’s unlikely to make the Barca starting 11 next season.

Everton have also reportedly made two bids for Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Rafinha is also waiting for an offer and is hoping to leave Barcelona in the search of first-team football.

The 26-year-old has one year left on his contract, and Barca would surely prefer to sell this summer than to let him leave on a free next year.

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