Josep Bartomeu provides update on the future of Arsenal transfer target Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has been left clinging to power following last week’s historic defeat but insists there could still be role for Coutinho in the plans of incoming new head coach Ronald Koeman.

He said: ‘The head coach will make the decision. If he wants him to continue, next year he will play with us.’

Bartomeu and Koeman are likely to oversee a fire-sale of the first team squad with only eight current players deemed untransferrable. He added: ‘Messi is untouchable & non-transferable.

He knows it, we all know it. ‘But there are various non-transferable players like (Marc Andre) Ter Stegen, (Clement) Lenglet, (Nelson) Semedo, (Frenkie) De Jong, (Antoine) Griezmann, (Ousmane) Dembele… players we are counting on in the future.’