Liverpool makes promise to Coutinho on Barcelona move
Philippe Coutinho was subject to heavy interest from La Liga giants Barcelona in the summer transfer window as they looked to strengthen the team.
Neymar had just left Barcelona to PSG in a record-breaking 222 million euro deal, and the club were yet to sign Dembele at the time.
The Catalans were desperate to land the Brazilian, but Liverpool refused all the offers for the 25-year-old, claiming the player would not be sold at any price and going on public record to make their stance known.
Liverpool’s statement early in the transfer market did not stop Barca who made three offers, with their highest offering exceeding the £110million mark – each rejected by the Reds.
After failing to sign Coutinho, the Brazilian has returned back to action for Liverpool. And Mundo Deportivo reports that Liverpool have agreed to sell the player in January.
Accord to the story, a pact has been made between Liverpool and Barcelona over a mid-season departure.
Barcelona confirms January move for Coutinho
“We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market, or any player the technical staff request,” Grau was quoted as saying.
“But it is important to adjust ourselves, so if there are to be arrivals, there must be exits as well.
“We must forget about the price paid for Neymar last summer.”
“After taxes we received about €188m in income and a direct financial impact on the club’s treasury of €144m.”
Counter claims from Liverpool
The Liverpool Echo report that Liverpool are adamant that the player will not be leaving in the winter window and Barcelona might remain empty-handed.
Fans are now bracing up for another transfer tussle in January.