Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Barcelona In The 'Final Straight' To Agreeing A Deal For Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is still wanted by Barcelona GETTY Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is still wanted by Barcelona
Faye Gross | 22 December, 2017, 00:52

If reports from Don Balon are to be believed, Philippe Coutinho has been in constant contact with Paulinho and Luis Suarez over a Barcelona move.

Liverpool were hellbent on holding onto their brilliant Brazilian in the summer transfer window.

The club have this week landed themselves in hot water after Atletico Madrid reported them to Uefa for allegedly tapping up Antoine Griezmann without their permission.

The 33-year old joined the club from Liverpool in 2010 and has thrived as a centre-back in the past seven years.

"I've already talked a few times about the Coutinho question", Paulinho was quoted saying by the Mirror.

"We have a very strong group of great players; without Coutinho, we're doing a great job". But the Reds refused to let their player go, rejecting all of Barca's offers.

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"El Clásico motivates me", says the midfielder dressed as Father Christmas on the cover, while the paper states that he "excitedly awaits his Bernabéu debut and endorses the signing of Coutinho".

Diario Gol says the Croatia worldwide can't see how he and Coutinho can play in the same midfield - and given the mooted price-tag it will be he who must make way.

Earlier this month, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that he was unsure if the club would keep the playmaker at Anfield past the January window.

"He is player with a profile that suits us and would be a great signing if he finally arrives".

Liverpool remain adamant that Coutinho will be sold in January, but the player is still keen to move to the Nou Camp despite showing his commitment to the Reds with his fine form this season.

With those developments, it seems as though Barcelona have once again set their sights on Coutinho and it will be interesting to see if Liverpool can hold on to him if the La Liga club come calling.

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