It has been revealed that Barcelona have already decided on the alternative targets for Philippe Coutinho in the form of Paulo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann and Thomas Lemar, according to the Mirror.
Barcelona have been looking to sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho all summer long but with only a couple of days remaining for the window to end, the move looks increasingly unlikely as the Reds are not willing to part with the Brazilian international.
Consequently, Barcelona have already prepared a list of players to pursue should they fail to complete the move for the flamboyant Liverpool star and it has been reported that Paulo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann and Thomas Lemar currently are the shortlisted alternatives.
Dybala has enjoyed a couple of fantastic seasons since joining Juventus in 2015 and was instrumental in their journey to the finals of the Champions league last season. He also notably scored a couple of goals against Barcelona during their encounter in the semi-finals of the competition.
The young striker has established himself as a key member of the Juve squad and the Turin side will surely be reluctant to let go of their prized asset. With the player also expressing his happiness to stay at the club, it might take another world record bid from Barcelona to lure the little Argentine from Juventus.
Griezmann’s transfer away also looks highly unlikely, mainly because of the fact that Atletico are banned from registering any new players until the January transfer window and should the Frenchman leave, the La Liga side will not be able to adequately replace him this summer.
In addition, Los Colchoneros will also be reluctant to strengthen their title rivals by selling their best player to Barcelona.
As for Lemar, he might be tempted to leave Monaco for the Nou Camp but with Monaco having already lost the likes of Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoue Bakayoko and also due to the fact that they are on the verge of losing last season’s star performer Kylian Mbappe, the Ligue 1 champions will likely reject any approach for the French youngster.
In regards to their original target Coutinho, the playmaker had already submitted a formal transfer request to Liverpool earlier this summer and Blaugrana might actually find some luck in signing the 25-year-old on deadline day as the Reds could be tempted to let of go an unhappy player should a massive bid come along.