Catalan Paper Claims Liverpool Preparing to Break Philippe Coutinho Transfer Promise

?Liverpool reportedly promised wantaway star Philippe Coutinho in September that he could finalise a move to Barcelona in the January transfer window should a suitable fee be offered – an agreement which the Reds could turn their back on.

The Reds are bracing themselves for ?Barcelona’s return to the bidding table, a sequel to the summer saga which saw the Merseysiders reject the Spanish giants advances for their star playmaker.


Coutinho has reportedly had his heart set on a move to Camp Nou since the summer, but despite having been forced to stay put at Anfield, despite submitting a formal transfer request, the 25-year-old has continued to impress during ?Liverpool’s campaign to date – scoring 12 goals and providing eight assists in 19 appearances. 

According to Catalan newspaper ?Sport, the Reds assured Coutinho that he would see his move materialise once an offer they deemed was acceptable was submitted. However, the Spanish outfit are preparing to offer £100m, a fee which is below the valuation Liverpool have of their midfield maestro.

The Reds are understood to be using Barcelona’s fee for the transfer of Ousmane Dembele from ?Borussia Dortmund in the summer as a guide, with the 20-year-old costing £120m. 

However, the Brazilian is seemingly prepared for a move so much so that earlier reports have suggested that he has already chosen his ?squad number at Barcelona. 

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Whilst speculation continues to run riot and a broken promise may cause Coutinho to down tools, his manager Jurgen Klopp remained cool, calm and collected on the issue when speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s FA Cup meeting with ?Everton on Friday – where Coutinho will be absent due to an injury.

Klopp said of Coutinho, via the ?Express“All the things I could say now would only create stories, I have nothing to say. It’s a transfer window. 

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“Nothing I could say now would help me, the player or the club. Maybe 80% of the cameras are only here for this so that’s a waste of time.”


Coutinho Has Already Picked His Barcelona Squad Number But There’s a Catch

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona may be further along than publicly stated, as the Brazilian has apparently already selected his squad number for his new club.

However, the jersey number Coutinho has eyed up comes with a hitch.

According to Diario Gol, via the ?Mirror, the Brazilian has set his sights on the number seven shirt, which he last wore back when he played for Inter.

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The only problem is that the number seven is currently assigned to midfielder Arda Turan.

Coutinho is getting ever closer to his desired move to the Nou Camp, with Barcelona desperate to finalise the deal in January.


The La Liga giants, who failed with three bids in the summer (the highest being £114m) are reportedly willing to make an offer in excess of £130m.

Whilst the likelihood of Coutinho moving to Barcelona are close to becoming a sure thing, his desired squad number will only be his if Arda Turan vacates the Catalan giants. Turan has failed to make a single appearance in La Liga this season and seems destined to make his departure.

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??A number of clubs, including Premier League side Everton, ??are reportedly interested in the Turkish international.?


Barcelona Star Ousmane Dembele Reportedly Not Keen on the Potential Signing of Philippe Coutinho

?Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele does not want Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho to join the Catalan giants, according to ?Don Balon. 

The Frenchman is not keen on the Brazilian making a move to the Nou Camp, as it would potentially hinder the ex-?Borussia Dortmund man’s playing time.

Dembele signed for Barcelona in the summer for a club-record fee of £96m. The France international was brought in to replace Neymar Jr. who made a world-record £200m move to PSG in the summer.

The report also claims that Dembele told his close friends that he hopes that the deal for Coutinho falls through. Dembele has barely featured for ?Barcelona this season, mostly down to injury. 

The Catalan giants face Celta Vigo, in the first leg of their last 16 Copa del Rey tie on Thursday night, and the French winger is reportedly set to make his long awaited return against the Celticos.

It is quite strange to hear this news coming out of the Barcelona camp. With the likes of Denis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic failing to produce this season, many would believe that the signing of Coutinho would be welcomed with opened arms by the Barcelona players, but in the case of Dembele this does not seem to be the case.

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As for ?Liverpool, they will need to forget the ongoing rumours of a possible transfer away for Coutinho and focus their attention on their upcoming FA Cup third round fixture against local rivals ?Everton on Friday night.


Barcelona Manager Valverde Insists He Doesn’t Know What Will Happen as Coutinho Saga Continues

?Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed that he is unsure about the future of Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho and that he happy with his current squad despite continued speculation linking the club with the Brazilian.

There is a ?strong belief that Coutinho will get his desired move to the Camp Nou during the January transfer window, with reports claiming Liverpool’s stance has softened but Valverde remained coy on any potential transfer.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s match away to Celta Vigo in the Copa Del Rey, Valverde was asked to give his take on the Coutinho situation, with AS quoting him as saying : “I don’t know. I hear a lot of things and I don’t know whether they are true or not.

“He is a player for another team. He is a fine player and we don’t know what will happen. I really like what I have on my team now. We will see if he comes or not.”

When asked about the prospect of a move for Coutinho being delayed until the summer, Valverde replied: “I have nothing to say about him. He is at another club and we respect other club and we respect the player.”

Having failed with three bids for Coutinho in the summer, it is thought that the Catalan giants are preparing a bid to match ?Liverpool’s reported asking price of £130m for the Brazilian.

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Coutinho has so far scored 12 goals in 20 appearances this season and has been one of Liverpool’s standout performers as they sit fourth in the Premier League.


Spanish International Star ‘Wants Barcelona Return’ After Becoming Frustrated at Bayern Munich

?Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara is unhappy with life in Germany and wants to return to Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Football Espana).

The Spaniard left Camp Nou for ?Bayern in 2013, following Pep Guardiola to the Allianz Arena, but is believed to be keen on heading back.


Thiago’s father, Mazinho, has been speaking to Barca regarding a loan move to Celta Vigo for the player’s brother, Rafinha, per the report, and during the discussions indicated that his other son would like to return.

The player is said to have grown frustrated under Jupp Heynckes, who took over from Carlo Ancelotti last year.

Having come up through the ?Barca academy, the 26-year-old was touted as one of the club’s future legends, but the Catalan side surprisingly agreed to sell him to Bayern over four years ago, and he has continued his development, becoming one of the best central midfielders in Europe.

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Barca have struggled to maintain a formidable midfield since his departure and have seen the likes of Andre Gomes, Arda Turan and Denis Suarez fail to impact their fortunes.

The arrival of Paulinho last summer, though, has proven an astounding success, while Ivan Rakitic has proven an immense addition since joining in 2014. The ageing Andres Iniesta is still a huge presence as well.

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Despite Thiago’s reported frustrations under Heynckes, it would be surprising if Bayern do decide to send him back to Barcelona, given his talent, plus the fact that the manager is only going to be around until the end of the season.


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