The Barcelona president has warned Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea that Philippe Coutinho is not for sale.
Brazilian forward Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January 2017 in a £142million move from Liverpool, is already being linked with a departure from the Nou Camp.
The 26-year-old has already clinched three titles at Barca but has endured a somewhat frustrating season, only scoring four La Liga goals.
Premier League giants Man United and Chelsea have reportedly expressed interest in striking a summer deal with Barcelona to bring Coutinho back to England.
For Chelsea, Coutinho could be seen as a replacement for Eden Hazard, who appears to have his heart set on a move to Barcelona’s Spanish rivals Real Madrid.
But the clubs may be forced to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements as Barcelona’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, says he has no intention of selling Coutinho. ‘We expect a lot from him [Coutinho],’ Bartomeu told Marca.
‘We do not want to sell him, he’s one of the good players we want to have.’ Barcelona chief Bartomeu also confirmed he would be interested in signing Spain midfielder Isco if he decided to leave Real Madrid.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu wants Coutinho to stay.
‘If our coaches asked us for a player and they wanted to leave Madrid then of course we would sign them,’ he told COPE.
‘It hasn’t happened since I’ve been here, but there are no non-aggression pacts and each team wants to become more competitive. ‘We would talk to Madrid about Isco.’ Coutinho scored 54 goals in 201 appearances for current Premier League leaders Liverpool.