Barcelona remain interested in Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho and are willing to improve upon their opening £72million offer.
Liverpool insist that the Brazilian is not for sale although a number of Anfield insiders believe the Reds would do business if a bid of £100m or more was received if the player pushes for the move. The British media have suggested that Liverpool would do business if a £90m offer was tabled.
Spanish publication ‘Sport’, who we should point out are biased towards Barcelona matters, claim it is highly likely that a deal will happen.
They write: ‘Philippe Coutinho is almost certain to join Barcelona. Negotiations are advanced and Barcelona club sources are hugely optimistic he will join, despite a final price not being fixed. Barcelona understand the player’s posture, that he wants to join whatever happens, and that this will be key in the matter and that Liverpool will eventually realise they have to sell him … Liverpool are taking things calmly because they are involved in the Champions League qualifiers. They play in mid-August and want to call on Coutinho for this crucial test. At least the first leg.’
Coutinho has indicated to Liverpool and Barcelona that he would like to make the switch to the Nou Camp but unless a fee close to Liverpool’s valuation is received, his exit will be blocked and it sounds to us like Barcelona may not meet our demands although that could change if Neymar moves to Paris Saint-Germain.
It’s worth pointing out that unlike Luis Suarez when he was trying to instigate his exit to Barcelona, Coutinho is said to be acting professionally and respectfully behind the scenes at the present time.
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