A ‘close family member’ of Philippe Coutinho’s has spoken out about the player’s frustration at Liverpool’s attempts to block his move to Barcelona.
The club released an official statement on Friday morning insisting that the player is not for sale at any price, and this may have been the final straw for the Brazilian.
Coutinho supposedly only wanted a deal that was done “amicably” to protect his own reputation and maintain adoration from the supporters, however, with rumours of a transfer request being submitted this has been thrown up in the air.
2/2 has tremendous love for LFC & fans but like Gerrard and Suarez have pointed out in past LFC doesn’t let players leave on amicable terms”
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 11, 2017
According to Sky Kaveh, the family member has identified that players are often not allowed to leave on these terms, and Coutinho may have to apply his own pressure to secure his dream move.
While the statement remains short, actions speak louder than words as this cataclysm of news can be rooted back to FSG’s “not for sale” statement at ten o’ clock this morning.
While this provides no evidence of a transfer request being submitted, the comparisons to Luis Suarez, in particular, are intriguing.
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The Uruguayan’s efforts to jump ship were deemed so disrespectful, he was made to train alone and was not sold, and remained for one more season before getting his transfer.
Coutinho may be looking at this history with intent, knowing that player power is at an all time high and that a transfer request would spark a move to Barcelona.
Rumours emerging from Spain claim that Barcelona are considering activating the €80m buyout clause of Real Madrid starlet Marco Asensio, as a viable alternative to more expensive targets Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.
Spanish outlet ?Diario Gol claim that Barcelona executives have met to discuss the possibility of a move for the 21-year-old, as they look to replace Neymar, who left for Paris Saint-Germain in a record £200m move.
Asensio, who signed for Real last summer for just €4m from Mallorca, impressed in his debut season with Los Blancos, featuring in 23 La Liga games and scoring in the Champions League final win over Juventus.
The idea of a deal being struck between fierce rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona seems crazy, but Barça are apparently keen to investigate alternative transfer options after seeing bids for Coutinho and Dembele rejected.
Champions League holders Real already boast a congested attack force, while Asensio is currently behind the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and Gareth Bale for a starting spot – while the likes of Lucas Vasquez provides further competition.
Asensio was a key figure in Spain’s Under-21 side that reached the final of the European Championship – scoring a hat-trick and serving up several man of the match performances.
In addition to Asensio, the report claims Barça are also considering an even more daring move for Isco, whose release clause is set at around €150m.
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The Catalans have been heavily-linked with several targets since Neymar’s dramatic exit, but Dembele and Coutinho – who would each cost around £100m seem the most likely.
Reports claim that French champions AS Monaco have denied that an agreement has been met with Paris Saint-Germain for the €180m transfer of teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe is understandably one of Europe’s hottest properties and has been linked with an array of Europe’s biggest clubs this summer after a breakout season, in which he scored 15 league goals for Monaco and reached the Champions League semi finals.
After links to Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City and even Arsenal earlier in the transfer window, Monaco’s domestic rivals PSG made headlines on Thursday, despite already shelling out a world-record fee of £200m for Neymar from Barcelona.
Spanish paper Marca on Thursday claimed that PSG had spectacularly outbid all competition and agreed a deal for with Monaco for the 18-year-old striker and could even announce the deal as earlier as next week.
However, those suggestions appear to have been immediately refuted by Monaco sources, who, according to Le Parisien, claim that there have been no offers from their domestic rival for the 18-year-old attacker.
Both Monaco and PSG are yet to officially comment on the reports, while Real Madrid and Barcelona too may yet still have a say in any deal to be done this summer.
Monaco have already lost a number of key members from their Ligue 1 winning squad from last term. Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy have joined Manchester City for a combined total of close to £100m, while Tiemoue Bakayoko has linked up with Premier League champions Chelsea.
?Borussia Dortmund have taken the significant decision to internally suspend unsettled winger Ousmane Dembele until the weekend after he deliberately skipped training on Thursday, seemingly in an attempt to force through a transfer to Barcelona.
Dortmund coach Peter Bosz confirmed early in the afternoon that Dembele had been absent without permission and that the club had tried and failed to contact him.
That was followed by a statement from Dortmund explaining that a formal offer from Barcelona for the 20-year-old French international had been rejected after a round of talks.
In part, it read, “The representatives of FC Barcelona submitted a bid which did not correspond to the player’s extraordinary footballing and other abilities nor to the present situation of the European transfer market. BVB therefore rejected this offer.”
Speaking to BVB.de later, sporting director Michael Zord explained, “Ousmane Dembele has deliberately missed training today. We will of course sanction him for this misconduct.”
According to Catalan publication Sport, Barcelona’s opening rejected offer was around €70m plus various add-ons. Dortmund’s statement had declared there was no other offer, but Sport believes that Barça made a second on Thursday, possibly after the statement was released.
They claim that the improved bid totalled €130m, made up of an initial €90m fee and €40m in extra payments dependent on a series of additional variables. But that too is said to have been rejected, with earlier suggestions that Dortmund are chasing €150m for the player.
Sport’s report goes on to claim that personal terms between Dembele and Barcelona have already been agreed, with the player set to earn €50m over five years at Camp Nou if the transfer goes through. But no deal can happen if Barça are unable to convince Dortmund to sell.
?Ousmane Dembele’s former club Stade Rennais will earn 25% of any fee received for the Borussia Dortmund winger, explaining the seemingly extortionate €150m demands given to Barcelona.
?Mundo Deportivo have reported that the Bundesliga club must receive a fee of €130m if they want to earn €100m from the transfer.
The clause in Dembele’s contract has significantly increased Dortmund’s demands, and hindered Barcelona’s attempts to sign him.
Borussia Dortmund have told Barcelona they’d want €150m (£135m) for Ousmane Dembélé. They signed him for €15m last summer
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) August 9, 2017
Barcelona reportedly expect the French winger to work on reducing Dortmund’s valuation so a deal can be agreed.
The German side, however, remain adamant that Dembele, who scored six goals in his first Bundesliga season, will not be sold this summer.
Dortmund are also believed to be concerned that they will not be able to find a replacement for the 20-year-old of similar quality before the end of the transfer window.
Dembele has four years remaining on his contract with BVB, but is reportedly keen on moving to La Liga. But he is also aware that he may have to remain with Dortmund for another season.
Dortmund’s chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, claimed last weekend that Dortmund would reject a touted bid of €100m from Barcelona.
“In every case, [the transfer fee is] not enough,” he told Eurosport.
“When you see the years after, it was not the best transfer though as the team lost lots of quality.”