Barcelona wants to include a striker in the winter market and is focusing its efforts on that. Last week, Matteo Alemani, director of football, and Ferran Riverter, chief executive of FC Barcelona, were known to fly to Manchester to test some operations.
The club negotiated with both City and United. The main objective of the trip was to study the feasibility of signing Ferran Torres, the City striker.
The former Valencia striker is the great target, but he’s not the only one. The other winger in Guardiola’s squad, Raheem Sterling, Xavi is also very fond of.
Barcelona also asked United about several of its players, Martial and Cavani, who are not usually key players in the squad. And in all operations, both with City and United, FC Barcelona put Coutinho’s name on the table.
The Brazilian scored a penalty kick against Villarreal on the final day but he is working as a substitute. Coutinho is also the player with the highest salary in the squad, ahead of even Dembele, another player with the highest salary in the first team.
United and City’s response, regarding Coutinho, has not been positive at the moment. Both clubs prefer the option of not including players and receiving money for a transfer. City are open to negotiating Ferran Torres, but not at any cost.
City paid Valencia 25 million knowing that he is a very young player (21 years old) who is also raising his value recently.
The English club is asking about 80 million, a figure that Barcelona does not consider in any way suitable in the January market, nor in the coming summer.
Barcelona has many problems scoring goals and is looking in the market for players who can give instant performance.