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AC Milan said to be interested in a swap involving Philippe Coutinho and Alessio Romagnoli

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Barcelona are desperate to part with their record signing

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AC Milan are interested in Philippe Coutinho and a swap with Alessio Romagnoli going to FC Barcelona is being rumored. However, it is also reported that no talks are underway between the two clubs.

First, Diario SPORT reported that Milan would be interested in signing Coutinho or Miralem Pjanić from Barcelona, but they currently don’t have the money to pay the big salaries and a transfer fee on top.

That opened the gates for a possible swap deal.

Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s exit to Inter Milan on a free transfer meant that AC Milan would be keen on a player that could play in that role, and Coutinho would be a good fit.

Romagnoli has been on Barcelona’s radar for a while. He is left-footed and with international experience, and fits into what the club is said to be looking for. To be fair, it’s understood that he is not a top target, but on the other hand, the club does rate him.

Barcelona are hoping to find a buyer for Coutinho, who has been out with an injury for a while, in order to reduce their wage bill and be able to register Lionel Messi, currently a free agent.

Milan-based reporter Fabrizio Romano, however, has thrown cold water on talks of a swap, writing: “There are no talks going on between AC Milan and Barcelona for Coutinho, as of today - but Philippe is still on the market.”