Transfer Rumours: Barcelona finds Coutinho solution, Bale committed to Real Madrid

Linked with moves away, could Philippe Coutinho and Gareth Bale stay at Barcelona and Real Madrid?

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho, who is on loan at Bayern Munich this season, has been heavily linked with a permanent move away from Barca.   -  Getty Images

Barcelona could keep Philippe Coutinho after all, while Gareth Bale is seemingly set to stay at Real Madrid.

Coutinho, who is on loan at Bayern Munich this season, has been heavily linked with a permanent move away from Barca.

Meanwhile, Bale is said to be considering his Madrid future, but could yet remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Barcelona coach Quique Setien has found a solution for Coutinho and could play the Brazil international in midfield, according to Marca.

The report says Setien has in mind an option of playing Coutinho as a number eight. A playmaker, Coutinho has made 32 appearances in all competitions for Bayern this season.

Transfer round up

- Linked with a move away, Bale is committed to staying at Real Madrid, according to AS, which also says the club has told forward Luka Jovic his future is at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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- Barcelona is said to be chasing Tottenham midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, as per Sky Sports. The La Liga club has offered Spurs Samuel Umtiti and Nelson Semedo for Ndombele. The Mirror says Tottenham has no intention of selling the France international. Meanwhile, Sport says Barca wants €45million for Semedo.

- Alexis Sanchez's future remains uncertain. The Sun says neither Manchester United nor Inter, where he is on loan this season, want the Chile international.

- Out of contract at Arsenal in 2021, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be set for an exit this close season. The Daily Mail reports the Premier League outfit is ready to listen to offers for the forward.

- Dries Mertens is set to attract plenty of interest with his Napoli contract expiring. The Mirror reports Chelsea wants the forward, who is the Serie A club's equal all-time leading goalscorer.

- That could impact Olivier Giroud's future at Chelsea, where he is out of contract at season's end. Chelsea is ready to activate a one-year extension for the striker, while Tuttosport reports Inter is still considering the France forward.

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