Coutinho pushes for Barca deal

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

LONDON. — Philippe Coutinho hopes he has played his last game for Liverpool as he aims to force through a move to Barcelona this month. In fact, Liverpool have softened their stance and are now open to the option of selling Coutinho in January, according to Guillem Balague.

Barcelona had three bids for Coutinho rejected by Liverpool in the summer, the largest of which was worth £113m, but Balague says the Spanish La Liga soccer leaders are now preparing a bid of £133m (£97.5m up front plus £35.5m in add-ons).

The Brazilian missed the trip to Burnley on New Year’s Day, and may also be left out of the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup tomorrow night.Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Balague says Liverpool’s stance has now changed, and they are now open to any possibility, with the least likely seeing the 25-year-old sign a new deal at Anfield.

“Things have changed. As you know in the summer Barcelona made three offers for Coutinho, and they are preparing another bigger one, 110m euros plus 40m euros add-on fees. — The Daily Express.

 

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