‘Barca close to Coutinho & Dembele’

Barcelona general manager Pep Segura says the club are “close” to signing Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

Coutinho and Dembele have been heavily tipped as the two players to replace Neymar in Barca’s squad, and Segura revealed he was optimistic of the two forwards becoming Blaugrana players “in the next few days.”

“Missing out on a trophy? I’m more hurt by that than how we played in the first half,” he told TV3 after the Catalans’ 2-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Supercopa on Wednesday.

“Madrid were better than us on occasions, but we must stick with the account we gave of ourselves in the second half, the attitude and commitment. I hope we stick with it in our League matches.

“Signings? We’ll strengthen the team in the next few days. Coutinho and Dembele? We’re close, but until everything is finalised, we can’t say anything else. We hope they can wear Barca’s jersey.

“Messi’s renewal? It’s being handled by the board and [negotiations] are extremely clear. Messi’s a winner and the best player in the world.

“We must help our players become champions again. Madrid had a degree of luck that we lacked.”

Tags Clasico Ousmane Dembele Pep Segura Philippe Coutinho Supercopa