Barcelona are in their most intense week in the transfer market. The squad needs to be finalised in the next few days and the objective is to sign Neymar. But for him to come - and negotiations are advanced with PSG - it is essential that Coutinho leaves. Barca can only afford Ney’s salary if his compatriot is off the books.
Malcom’s departure helps, freeing up three million euros, and they are working on an exit for Rakitic too. But the 12m Coutinho is making would be the key saving to afford Ney.
Rafinha’s exit too will help and with all that work done, the squad would be completed for the 2019-20 season.