Barcelona’s big transfer rumours of recent weeks have gone something like this in the Catalan media: Identify a player, insist he wants a move to the Camp Nou, suggest he can initially go on loan, then worry about wages, then worry about a transfer fee, and then try and plonk Blaugrana outcasts into a possible deal. 

That’s happened with both Raheem Sterling and Ferran Torres at Manchester City, and now Manchester United are being given a taste of the process.

Anthony Martial has been linked with Barcelona in recent days, and Edinson Cavani claims have been around for over a month. Catalan newspaper Sport now report that Philippe Coutinho has been dragged into negotiations for all the players.

Barcelona would be trying to use the Brazilian in negotiations for Sterling, Torres, Martial and Cavani.

However, they haven’t had much luck, with both Manchester United and Manchester City rejecting the chance to sign the former Liverpool player in January.

They’re not interested, at the moment, and have made it clear they’d prefer any moves for their players to be financed by money, not a Barcelona outcast.