“Coutinho, Mina important players…”

Barcelona-targets Yerry Mina and Philippe Coutinho would be ‘two important reinforcements’ for the team, according to captain Andres Iniesta.

Both players have been heavily linked to the Catalan giants this year with reports in the Catalan press that two January moves are being lined up by the club.

“I believe they would both be important reinforcements for our squad,” Iniesta told an interview with El Mundo Deportivo.

“The club is working on transfer targets and analysing areas of our squad which need strengthened and they have the levels required to withstand the pressure at a club like this.

“They would be two big signings for us, but at the moment they are both at different clubs and nothing has happened, so we cannot talk.

“You need to not only have the sufficient quality and ability to play here but also to have a strong enough character – it is important to think of this before making signings.”

The Blaugrana are said to be keen to sign the Brazilian playmaker as soon as possible and will make an approach in January’s transfer window.

Coutinho submitted a transfer request during summer in light of Barca’s interest.

Mina, 23, moved to Palmeiras from Sante Fe last year and won the Brazilian League in his first season, while making its Team of the Year.

He also has nine caps for Colombia, scoring three goals.

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