The latest transfer news surrounds the Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho, who is said to be linked with a move to Barcelona in the upcoming summer transfer window. The Liverpool man has reportedly given the thumbs up for the transfer.
The Brazilian international has been heavily linked with Barcelona for quite some time now, and despite signing a new long-term contract with the Reds in January this year, the rumours have still not faded.
The playmaker is one of Barca’s top targets for the summer, and having received positive response from the Liverpool man, the Catalan giants may very well end up acquiring his services for next season.
According to the Spanish newspaper Sport, Barca have already held preliminary talks with the player’s camp, and have assured Coutinho to be a regular starter, given his ability to play in a number of different positions in attack.
It was also claimed that the Brazilian wants to make the switch to Camp Nou this summer, but he would need to push for a move away from Anfield in order to make the deal happen.
Liverpool are expected to demand a fee in the range of £76 million, similar to that of the £75 million Barcelona paid for Luis Suarez in 2014. Nonetheless, Blaugrana would not be willing to meet Liverpool’s £76 million asking price, and hence, Coutinho’s sheer desire to leave the Reds would be a decisive factor in the potential transfer.
However, recently, there have been some conflicting reports from Spanish journalist Guillem Balague, who insisted that Barcelona were not interested in signing Coutinho. But it’s quite evident that the midfielder is one of the crucial names that would help Barca replace Andres Iniesta, 32, from the feared Barcelona line-up.
Written by Sidharth Jindal