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.”
There are no talks going on between AC Milan and Barcelona for Coutinho, as of today - but Philippe is still on the market. #FCB— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 19, 2021
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