Guillem Balague Provides Philippe Coutinho Update Following Barcelona Saying Deal Is 'Close'

German manager Klopp claims'nothing has changed regarding Coutinho's future

Segura insists Barca are closing in on their two main two transfer targets as they look to replace Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £200m move earlier this month. "We are discussing their deals but do not know when it will be done".

"I don't know why other people are saying what they're saying (about Coutinho moving to Barcelona)".

"To be honest there is nothing I can say about his attitude because since he has the back problems he's not been in training", Klopp said. "We hope they will be Barcelona players this season".

"We have to help the team with reinforcements and they will be here in the coming days", Segura told Catalan TV station Esport3 after Barca lost the second leg of the Super Cup 2-0 at Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu.

The Catalans' general manager Pep Segura stated that they were 'close' to landing the Liverpool playmaker and Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele. "I watched the game but forgot to watch the interviews afterwards", he said. "I'm not sure how many times I have to keep answering this question because we as a club have said what we want to say". "We are not all silly", he said.

"No news from me because no-one told me anything different since we spoke last time about this", said Klopp on Thursday. "The medical department have no complaints - nothing bad to say about this", he added.

Barcelona are in "a very hard situation" as they attempt to secure deals for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, according to sporting director Robert Fernandez. It's not always easy for me to say the 100 per cent truth, even if I don't like to lie.

Speaking at his Nou Camp unveiling yesterday, he said: "You have to face challenges with courage". It's a very satisfying moment.

Dortmund have turned down an identical offer for their France worldwide Dembele, who is now serving an internal suspension at the German club after missing training amid the speculation surrounding his future.

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