The Barcelona owner has warned Premier League giant duo Manchester United and Chelsea that Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho is not for sale.
South American forward Coutinho, who joined Blaugrana in January 2017 in a £142million move from Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, is already being connected with a departure from the Camp Nou.
The 26-year-old star has already clinched three titles at Blaugrana but has endured a somewhat frustrating season, only netting four La Liga goals.
English heavyweights Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly expressed interest in sealing a summer deal with Barcelona to bring Coutinho back to England.
For the Blues, Coutinho could be seen as a replacement for Belgian key man Eden Hazard, who appears to have his heart set on a move to Blaugrana’s league rivals Real Madrid.
But the clubs may be forced to look somewhere else for attacking reinforcements as Barcelona’s chairman, Josep Maria Bartomeu, says he has no intention of selling Philippe.
‘We expect a lot from him [Coutinho],’ Bartomeu told Spanish outlet Marca. ‘We do not want to sell him, he’s one of the good players we want to have.’
Barcelona chief Bartomeu also revealed he would be interested in landing Spain midfielder Isco if he decided to leave Real Madrid.