Bad news for Liverpool & Chelsea… Euro giants target major January buy

Barcelona vice-president Susana Monje has claimed that the club are in a position to sign top talent this winter when their transfer embargo ends, amid links with Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Diego Costa of Chelsea.

The Catalans were unable to register new players over the summer after being found guilty of breaking rules regarding the signings of youth players.

Although they moved for Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal, both have been forced to merely train with the club, while the exits of stars such as Pedro and injuries to key men including Lionel Messi have stretched Luis Enrique’s squad.

The start of 2016 is therefore likely to be a period in which additions are made, and reports in recent times have linked with the club with Costa and Coutinho, who are seen as key players at Chelsea and Liverpool respectively.

And both clubs may be worried now, with Monje having confirmed that there are funds in place for serious signings:

“The club can afford to make a (transfer) effort this winter, yes,” she is quoted by The Express. “We are in control.

“We can afford it. I am very satisfied.

“The club has room and can afford to sign (players).”

Barca’s main target is thought to be Celta Vigo ace Nolito, who was allowed to leave the club in 2011 after failing to make in impact, but has since shone back in La Liga.