Welcome to transfer News LIVE – After Philippe Coutinho joined Aston Villa on loan, Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez had identified a replacement.
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that the Brazilian had passed his medical ahead of reuniting with ex-teammate Steven Gerrard.
He left on loan after a difficult period at Camp Nou, where his reported price tag of €135 million (R2.3 billion) seemed to overshadow his performance.
As such, Villa are believed to have agreed a deal with Coutinho that will see them paying less than half of his weekly wages and bonuses, as well as offering a buy-out option for the attacking midfielder.
Having said, there have been a few reports coming out of Brazil recently suggesting that the La Liga giant is already making plans to deal with the South Americans’ upcoming departure.
Former Chelsea winger Oscar is believed to be the candidate being pursued by Catalan giants FC Barcelona as the club has already made contact with the player about a possible transfer, according to TNT Sports.
However, the Brazilian publication adds that further progress is difficult as a result of the midfielder’s high wages, reported to be around $100,000 per year, and his long-term contract that expires only in 2024.
Barca may run into trouble with regard to their transfer market performance, as their financial woes continue to affect the side’s ability to obtain quality players.