Barca ‘close’ to signing Coutinho and Dembele

Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele are “close” to joining Barcelona, according to the Spanish club’s general manager Pep Segura.

After the shock £200million departure of Neymar earlier this month, Liverpool’s Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund’s Dembele have been at the top of Barcelona’s list to replace the Brazilian.

Liverpool have been adamant that Coutinho is not for sale, despite the 25-year-old submitting a transfer request to leave Anfield. Dembele, meanwhile, has been suspended by Dortmund after failing to show up for training.

But Barcelona may finally be making progress on an £180m double deal, with Segura providing an update on the progress of the transfers after the Catalan giants lost to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup final.

“Coutinho and Dembele are both close,” he told Spanish television channel TV3.

“We are hopeful that they will end up wearing the Barca shirt.

“Until deals are closed I can’t say anything. We know we have to help the team and reinforce it and that’s what we are doing.”