According to reports in Spain, part of the deal that saw Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho leave the club for Barcelona in January 2018 means that the Catalan side cannot raid their Premier League counterparts for another player until 2021.
Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde will be forced to shuffle his pack ahead of Sunday's clash against Real Betis at the Camp Nou, with Philippe Coutinho having been sidelined with a hamstring problem and doubts lingering over several other first-team forwards.
Luis Suarez ensured that Lionel Messi’s broken arm would not come to haunt Barcelona as he netted three times in a 5-1 thrashing of Real Madrid in the season’s first El Clasico encounter.
Barcelona were too much for Sevilla on Saturday night at the Camp Nou as they recorded a hard-fought 4-2 victory in a game that was overshadowed by a serious-looking injury to Lionel Messi.
Philippe Coutinho, currently training with Brazil in Saudi Arabia, took advantage of his time in the press room to make it clear that he is eager to beat Argentina whether or not Messi is there. In turn, the midfielder regretted the absence of his Barcelona teammate.
Philippe Coutinho insists games between Argentina and Brazil are always massive, even if Lionel Messi is not involved.
Jose Enrique visited his two former team mates this weekend after Barcelona drew 1-1 with Valencia.