Iniesta on Coutinho’s possible move to Barca

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Andres Iniesta claims signing Philippe Coutinho would be a great move for Barcelona, as the Spaniard claims the Liverpool attacker could push the team in the right direction

Andres Iniesta has urged Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho as he would be an “important reinforcement” as they look to strengthen their team in January, GOAL understands.

The Catalan side tried their best to sign the Liverpool star during the summer, but Jurgen Klopp’s side decided to reject their offer, although the Brazil international winger expressed his desire to join Barca.

However, Ernesto Valverde’s side are expected to return with another offer, trying to secure the signature of their primary target: Coutinho.

They are also linked with signing a centre-back, as Javier Mascherano looks set to leave, and 23-year-old Colombia international Yerry Mina is reportedly on his way, GOAL continues.

Barcelona midfielder Iniesta claimed the 25-year-old would be a smart investment for Barcelona, and he could add quality depth to the La Liga leaders.

“I think they would be two important reinforcements to the squad. If the club wants to strengthen those positions, it should be with players that can be prepared to withstand the pressure of a club like this, and they would be two big signings. But nothing has happened, so it’s difficult,” he told reporters.

Barca were drawn against Chelsea in the first knockout round of the Champions League, and that draw reminded the Spaniard midfielder of their previous meeting in 2009, when his last-minute goal saved the Catalan side, as they advanced to the final game to face and eventually beat Manchester United.

“The first thing I thought was that it was a hard and complicated match against a very powerful team in every way. Some very nice memories, the best I’ve ever lived, came to mind,” Iniesta admitted, recalling the 2009 game.