Philippe Coutinho is going to play a major part during the final month of the transfer window as his future is growing more uncertain by the day. Barcelona are interested in signing him this summer after they lost Neymar to PSG in a world record deal. Los Cules have money to spend and the Liverpool midfielder is one of the priority targets to replace his international team-mate. The Sun reported this morning that the La Liga club were confident of landing the Brazilian and the latest development from Sky Sports is equally damning.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 7, 2017
As one of the most reliable news sources in the world, Sky Sports won’t have tweeted this unless the source was rock solid and it shows that Coutinho is interested in a move to the Nou Camp. Although it was speculated, there was no evidence that he wanted to be the one to replace Neymar. After this development, the chances of him joining Barcelona have increased drastically.
It is encouraging that he wants a deal to be done amicably, but that could quickly change if he starts to believe a move is slipping away. Barcelona have been very clever in how they have used the media as they have made it clear Coutinho isn’t their only target. Sky Sports also reported that they are interested in Thomas Lemar. It could be that this report has been planted by the Spanish club in order to push Coutinho to take action. A deal of this magnitude is difficult to do and it helps if the player is doing their bit to ensure that it does go through.
Liverpool may try to get Coutinho to stay at Anfield for one more season and in return, they will give him assurances that he can leave next summer. A problem with this is that Barcelona might not want him in a year’s time and a dream move to the Nou Camp could be completely off the table. The Reds have all the cards at the negotiating table, but Los Cules have a lot of money to burn and they can offer an amount that is too good to turn down.
This deal could go down to the wire, but the current mood music is that a move is increasingly possible. Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:
Liverpool fans when they sell Coutinho with days until the season starts: pic.twitter.com/BsegFncPUa
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 7, 2017
I would guess 99% of Premier League players would like to join Barcelona. The key thing is it doesn't look like Coutinho will force a move.
— Joseph Musker (@JosephMusker) August 7, 2017
I thought Coutinho is just a "long shot merchant"
Why are rival fans laughing that he could leave? ?
— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) August 7, 2017
— Matyas Szeli (@mettszeli) August 7, 2017
Pretty much same as its always been. Coutinho would love barca. But unless he kicks up a fuss, then he wont be sold this year.
— Matt Clayton (@mclayton2682) August 7, 2017
— Apollo (@Aus_Red) August 7, 2017
There are a group of Liverpool fans that believe this is a crucial moment for the ownership of FSG:
— Chris Watton (@chris11watton) August 7, 2017
If LFC sell coutinho now… Then fsg are gonna pay for it big time…
— Suyog Mohite (@suyogmohite) August 7, 2017
If #LFC sell Coutinho – the club will have a lot of explaining to do. Unless we have a solid replacement – It would be a silly decision.
— Anfield Express (@AnfieldExpress) August 7, 2017
The Reds are in a strong negotiating position:
We literally hold all the cards in this Coutinho move. He cant afford to sulk in a World Cup year.
If we accept a bid, we're no longer #LFC
— Greenhouse FC (@What_aHitSon) August 7, 2017
The overriding emotion among Liverpool fans right now is:
Please don't sell coutinho please don't sell coutinho please don't sell coutinho please don't sell coutinho please don't sell coutinho pleas
— mia (@mythicalsm0sh) August 7, 2017