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Barcelona Keen on Keeping Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho Despite Financial Woes

By Amreen
Reports suggested Griezmann and Coutinho would be sold by Barcelona
Reports suggested Griezmann and Coutinho would be sold by Barcelona / Alex Caparros/Getty Images
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Barcelona reportedly have no intention of selling Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho this summer and will only consider "irresistible" offers for the pair.

Both players were linked with an exit from Camp Nou as Barcelona looked to finance Lionel Messi's contract renewal, but according to Mundo Deportivo, the club have not put either Griezmann or Coutinho on the transfer list this summer.

The report adds that manager Ronald Koeman is keen on keeping the duo as part of his squad ahead of the new season, and will only entertain parting ways with them if an irresistible offer arrives before the transfer window closes.

Griezmann was linked with a return to Atletico Madrid in a swap deal for Saul Niguez, while Manchester City, Chelsea, and Juventus have also been credited with an interest in the Frenchman, who is contracted to Barcelona until 2024.

Coutinho, meanwhile, is working his way back to full fitness after suffering a meniscus injury in his left knee last December. Koeman has admitted he believes the 29-year-old can rediscover his form ahead of the new season.

Messi has reportedly agreed a five-year contract extension on £250,000-a-week that would commit him to Barcelona until he is 39.

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