Philippe Coutinho Has Made January Transfer Pact With Liverpool After Agreeing Terms With Barcelona

Philippe Coutinho is reported to have made a pact with Liverpool which will enable him to make a move to Barcelona in the January transfer window, as the Brazilian is said to have already agreed to personal terms ?with the Spanish giants.

The 25-year-old was at the centre of a summer transfer saga after his transfer request was denied and his dream move to Barcelona blocked by Liverpool, despite being subject to three bids which culminated in a £138m offer. 


However, according to ?Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have maintained their stance that Coutinho is a priority signing in January, as they are aware that the Brazilian’s value is likely to rise after the World Cup next summer. 

The report claims Coutinho already has a deal in place for the next five seasons with Barcelona, should he make the move.

Barcelona remain intent on signing the 25-year-old, and as Coutinho is said to still be pining for a move to Camp Nou, it has been claimed that the Brazilian has made Liverpool agree to a fixed price in January. 

The price is understood to be in the region of £128m, which Barcelona are eager to reduce but are aware the rival interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain leaves them with little bargaining power. 

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Whilst the two club’s battle over his future, Coutinho continues to remind those in world football why there is such a fuss over his signature, as he followed up his brace against Brighton on the weekend, with a hat-trick in the Reds’ 7-0 thrashing over Spartak Moscow on Wednesday night. 


Philippe Coutinho Admits Liverpool Future in Doubt as January Window Nears

?Philippe Coutinho has admitted he doesn’t know where he’ll be playing his football in the future, but has insisted he’ll always give his best whilst at Liverpool.

The Brazilian playmaker captained the Reds on Wednesday night as they demolished Spartak Moscow 7-0, securing their qualification into the knockout rounds for the first time since 2009.


Not only did he wear the armband on the night, but the pacey midfielder scored a hat trick in the process, being hugely influential throughout the game.

Despite being such an influence, Coutinho stopped short of confirming that he’d be at Anfield beyond January, with the interest from Barcelona expected to be rekindled as soon as the window opens in just under a month.

“I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer,” he said after the game speaking to Brazilian outlet UOL Esporte, via the ?Daily Mirror.

“I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters.

“Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed, I have played with will and desire.

“It was a special night due to the result and because I had the armband in such important playing for a club like Liverpool.”

Whilst Coutinho gave up the armband after the introduction of vice-captain James Milner, he was arguably the best player in the second half, creating chance after chance.

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Liverpool fans will be hoping team performances such as Wednesday’s rout convinces Europe’s most coveted player to stick around a little while longer.


PHOTO: Ronald-Oh? Superstar’s ‘Son’ Names Messi as His Football Idol in Instagram Prank

?Lionel Messi recently revealed that he and fellow superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will never have a friendship outside of football, and that they only converse when present together at award ceremonies.

As rivals at Spain’s two biggest clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid that isn’t really surprising. What may be surprising for fans to learn, however, is that Ronaldo’s son – Ronaldo Jr. – holds a dark secret over who he considers to be his footballing idol.

If it wasn’t easy to figure out, Ronaldo Jr. has gone behind his dad’s back and labelled the mercurial Blaugrana megastar as the footballer he dreams of growing up to be. That is, if you believe this Instagram post:

Football supporters collectively lost their heads when the image made its way onto the social media platform on Wednesday but, fear not Ronaldo fans, for the whole thing is a massive fake.

The Instagram account and subsequent photo – accredited to an account called ‘mrahunter’ – have since been deleted, and many have now considered the matter to have been an elaborate prank.

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We suspect no one is more relieved than Ronaldo. We dread to think how bruised his ego would be knowing his son prefers Messi over him!


Ernesto Valverde Admits He Doesn’t ‘Know Much About’ Reported Barcelona Target Arthur

?Ernesto Valverde has spoken out about rumours that Barcelona could be set to prise Arthur Henrique away from Gremio in January.

La Blaugrana’s manager was quoted by ?AS as he revealed that he had no comment to make on the links, as he is unaware of any potential interest and doesn’t know much about the Brazilian starlet.

Arthur has been touted as a future Barcelona player after impressing for Gremio in his homeland, but Valverde refused to be drawn on the speculation that has tipped the Catalan giants to move for the 21-year-old.

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He said: “I know there has been a lot of speculation, but I have heard it from afar. The truth is that I do not know much about the player, so I can not comment too much.”

Arthur was pictured wearing a Barcelona home shirt with Andre Cury – the man who was responsible for helping the current La Liga leaders snap Neymar up from Santos back in the summer of 2011.

Cury is thought to be close to Arthur and his ties with Barcelona have led to plenty of gossip columns alleging that a switch from South America to Europe for Arthur must be on the cards.

Rumours coming out of Brazil had suggested that a €35m had been made for Arthur recently, while speculation has suggested that he could be available for €50m to a release clause fee in his contract.

Arthur only made his senior debut for Gremio on 11th December 2016 as he came off the bench in the Brazilian Serie A clash against Botafogo. The centre midfielder has since gone on to amass 40 appearances in the past year for his club, and netted his maiden senior goal in the 3-1 away win over EC Vitoria in July.

His form for Gremio has made him a surefire pick for manager Renato Portaluppi in recent times, although Arthur has not been part of the 18-man match day squad for each of the last three league games.

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Arthur has been called up to the senior Brazilian national side in the last two international breaks, but has not made his senior bow for his country at that level yet.


Barca President Bartomeu Speaks Out Over Arda Turan Galatasaray Rumours

?Josep Maria Bartomeu has spoken of his wish to see Barcelona misfit Arda Turan stay with Barcelona amid growing speculation over a return to Galatasaray.

The 30-year-old forward is out of favour at Camp Nou and has been tipped to make a sensational return to his homeland with the Turkish giants.

However, in an interview with Turkish publication Fanatik (h/t ?Mundo Deportivo) the club’s president Bartomeu admitted that he was not aware of any offer from Galatasaray currently, and stated that he would like to see Turan remain in Catalonia.

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He said: “Arda Turan is one of the important players of our team. Obviously I want him to continue his sports career here with us. 

“Now he was inactive because of an injury, but he is already in better shape. We will see what happens when he is fully recovered and ready for his coach.

“We have not received any official offer from Galatasaray or any other club by Arda Turan. The future of Arda Turan is in your hands. It will be he who will finally decide his destiny.”

Turan is unavailable for selection at the present time due to a bruised toe, but has not made a single appearance for La Blaugrana’s first team this season under manager Ernesto Valverde.

The ex-Atletico Madrid star has struggled to impose himself on the senior set up with Barcelona due to a myriad of injuries, and was unable to make his debut for them for six months due to a transfer embargo.

All of the above has led media reports to suspect that a return to Turkey is imminent, with Galatasaray linked with their former star and a posssible January window transfer in the offing.

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With Bartomeu’s latest comments, it would seem that Turan still has one Barca fan rooting for him, but question marks remain if he will stay past 31st January or head for pastures new.


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