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Coutinho, Dembele deals close: Barcelona Sporting Manager

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Barcelona are close to agreeing deals for both Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, according to the Catalan club’s sporting manager, Josep Segura.

By SportBrief Reporter

Are Barcelona about to get their men? Reports coming out of Spain seem to suggest so with the Blaugrana’s sporting manager confirming the club are closing in on two stellar targets.

Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou after handing in a transfer request at Anfield, with reports in the Catalan press suggesting a deal is now just days away, although Liverpool insist the Brazil international is not for sale and have already rejected a £90.4m offer from Barcelona.

Dortmund have turned down an identical offer for their France international Dembele, who is currently serving an internal suspension at the German club after missing training amid the speculation surrounding his future.

Barelona have been in the spotlight as of late following a humiliating 5-1 aggregate defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.

Fans of the club have been calling for new signings to bolster the team after the loss of Neymar who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £200m move earlier this month.

Segura insists Barca are closing in on their two main two transfer targets as they look to replace the Brazillian Neymar.

“We are discussing the conditions of Coutinho and Dembele. We are close, obviously, but as long as we don’t have the deal closed, we cannot say anything,” Segura told TV3.

When asked if he believed if the pair would both move to Barcelona this summer, Segura replied: “We hope.”

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets reiterated his calls for fresh signings following the heavy defeat to Madrid on Wednesday night.

“It’s clear signings are needed, we have to strengthen the squad. We need attacking players to compensate for Neymar,” added Busquets.

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