Costa and Coutinho still transfer targets

Chelsea's Diego Costa doing a selfie during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Sunderland at Stamford Bridge, London, England on 21 May 2017.

Chelsea’s wantaway striker Diego Costa


The transfer window closes in Spain at midnight on Friday, so Diego Costa and Philippe Coutinho could still move clubs.

In the UK, the deadline was 11pm on Thursday – but La Liga clubs have longer to get business done, and two huge deals from Premier League clubs could still happen.

Barcelona want to sign Coutinho from Liverpool and have a huge offer prepped and waiting, should the Reds engage in renewed talks.

And Atletico Madrid remain in discussions to sign Chelsea’s striker-in-exile Costa, despite the Blues missing out on Fernando Llorente to Tottenham.

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Both La Liga sides will be desperate to get these deals done even earlier than the midnight deadline, with Champions League group-stage squads needing to be in by 11pm with UEFA.

Coutinho’s potential move appeared to be implicated on Deadline Day when Sky sources reported that Thomas Lemar had turned down a move to Arsenal because he wanted to join Liverpool.

Barcelona still have their eyes on Philippe Coutinho


Lemar’s decision scuppered Alexis Sanchez’s proposed switch to Manchester City after they launched a £55m offer that the Gunners were prepared to accept – but only if they got Lemar through the door at the Emirates.

Barcelona remain determined to land Coutinho and Paris Saint-Germain’s Angel Di Maria before the Spanish deadline.

Costa is still in Brazil after refusing to return to Chelsea and honour his contractual obligations to get fit and be available for selection.