According to the Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, the Catalan side (Barcelona) have all but they will face defeat in their pursuit of Coutinho from Liverpool.


This season the Barcelona side has made three bids for the 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder but all of them were discarded by the Liverpool side,

From the beginning, Liverpool side is unwilling to sell their playmaker Coutinho and they even discarded Barcelona’s last £118m bid for the Brazilian playmaker.

Now there is just only 9 days left this transfer window to close down and Barcelona failure to prepare Neymar’s departure has left them no other option to go for other targets.

Balague said: "Barcelona were not prepared for losing Neymar,"

"Coutinho only became a target when Neymar left.

"Barca didn't work on deals for Jean Michael Seri in the eventuality a move for Coutinho failed, and they thought they had got Marco Verratti when they hadn't.

"Now Barcelona find themselves needing urgent solutions, but they won't get all the players they want.

"If Liverpoolare to be believed, they won't get Coutinho, for instance, and they will have to go for other targets."

As of now, Barcelona has to shift their attention from Coutinho to another target whom they can bring into their squad for the this season and notably they will go after Di Maria this time.

He voiced: "Barcelona set a deadline of 7pm on Sunday for Liverpool to accept their third for Coutinho,"

"And that they would retract the offer if it was not accepted.

"Liverpool have not even answered, so that should mean that's the end of that.

"Lodging a sizeable third bid (or who knows, even a fourth or fifth) for Coutinho could help Barca negotiate better deals for other targets, though.

"They may be ableoffer a little less for their targets now – Ousmane Dembele, Jean Michael Seri and their third target, Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain."