Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has acknowledged the club are in a “very difficult situation” as they look to secure deals for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, their two biggest transfer targets this summer.
This report is quite contrary if we compare it to what the club’s general manager, Pep Segura, said on Wednesday after Barcelona’s 0-2 loss to Real Madrid in the 2017 Spanish Super Cup. At that time, Segura said a potential deal was close. But neither Liverpool nor Borussia Dortmund have reported any advances on any potential transfer talks.
It is worth noting that Barcelona remain the odds-on favourite to land the Brazilian playmaker at 3/1, but that does not scale the weight in Barca’s favour. In fact, Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klöpp said “there has not been any progress” in a potential departure from the former Inter starlet to Camp Nou.
As for Dembele, talks have stalled with the German club since they remain reluctant to sell their star winger. And as if that wasn’t enough, neither Barcelona nor BVB are too pleased with Dembele’s attitude of late. And to make things even more complicated, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said Barca have “not come a millimetre closer” to agreeing a deal for Dembele.
It looks like Barcelona will have to keep waiting to see if they can sign at least one of their two targets. But if the games against Real Madrid taught them anything, is that they need to replace Neymar quickly if they want to fight for either La Liga or the Champions Ligue title this season.