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Barcelona chiefs negotiating directly with FSG – REPORTS

Philippe Coutinho

Reports originating from the Catalan media in Spain today claim that Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are negotiating directly with Barcelona chiefs regarding the planned transfer of Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu and their chief executive Òscar Grau are said to have held direct talks with FSG’s top brass and Liverpool FC’s negotiator Michael Edwards, with the La Liga outfit still trying to have a deal signed off during the January transfer window.

The latest suggestions are that Barcelona have offered Liverpool a selection of players to choose from along with cash for Coutinho but this apparently doesn’t interest the Reds who are adamant that they only want a straight cash deal.

Multiple reports also continue to add that Liverpool want £135million paying in one upfront payment, an amount which sounds rather generous considering current market prices, especially if he was to be sold during the January window when premiums are expected.

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Barcelona are hoping to see significant progress with the ongoing transfer saga over the next week.

Liverpool supporters will expect the club to hold on to Coutinho until the summer but we’re not so sure that’s going to be the case. We certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he was to leave the club in January. Much will depend on Barca’s willingness to meet Liverpool’s demands.

Spanish football pundit Guillem Balagué and officials connected to Liverpool Football Club claim talks are not taking place but we’re not convinced.

Coutinho wanted the move in the summer and was told if he gave us another season that the club would not stand in his way next year, subject of course to Barcelona not trying it on. He still wants that move and Liverpool are already working on his replacement.

It’s just a matter of when, not if.