A representative of Philippe Coutinho has dismissed suggestions that the arrival of Antoine Griezmann could end his Barcelona career.
Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann announced on Tuesday night that he will leave the Spanish capital on July 1, when his release clause at the Wanda Metropolitano drops to €120million.
The France international, who rejected a move to Barcelona 12 months ago, is now expected to complete a move to Camp Nou.
With Frenkie de Jong already signed, and the club pushing to land £70million Matthijs de Ligt, Barca need to sell also this summer.
Everton loanee Andre Gomes will be sold, while De Ligt’s arrival will see World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti also allowed to leave.
And Griezmann’s potential arrival has furthered reports that the Blaugrana will cash in on Coutinho after a disappointing campaign for the Brazilian.
His displays in the Champions League semi-final loss to Liverpool have drawn criticism from fans and Coutinho’s main agent, Kia Joorabchian, held talks with club officials at the end of last month.
However, Coutinho’s Brazilian agent, Giuliano Bertolucci, has insisted that it’s untrue that the ex-Liverpool man will be sold to make room for the World Cup winner
“It’s untrue that Griezmann is going to replace Philippe at Barcelona,” he said to AS. “I don’t know why they are saying that.
“I don’t know about that and that’s why I don’t want to talk anymore, but it’s false.”
Yet Coutinho has struggled to impress in his 18 months in Catalunya, and is not a crucial player for boss Ernesto Valverde – despite being the club’s record signing.
Valverde prefers the pace of Dembele alongside Suarez and Messi, as well as Arthur in midfield with Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic; then, there is also the incoming Frenkie de Jong.
Add Griezmann and his position is even more fragile.
But Barca bosses have an issue with how to sell the player and not take a major financial loss; another issue is Coutinho’s £10million-a-year after-tax salary.