A long standing transfer saga that hasn’t really died down since the summer, has re-emerged heavily over the last few weeks as the transfer window approached opening day.

Liverpool fans have endured a familiar roller coaster ride with star man Philippe Coutinho, a player who believes that he has kicked his last ball for the club, according to The Times.

 

The merseyside club are keeping a firm stance and have stated that they will not allow their Brazilian play maker to leave for any less than 133 million pounds, a figure they hope might just be enough to put off Barcelona, who have had him on their radar for sometime now.

But Coutinho himself believes this could be the moment he has been hoping for, as Liverpool have tweaked their stance somewhat from a ‘not for sale at any price’ answer in the summer.

Liverpool could stand to make an incredible profit on a player they paid just 8.5 million pounds for in 2013, but they still rejected Barcelona’s most recent offer of 118 million pounds, plus 36 million in add ons that included the player winning Balon D’or.

It would not be the first time that the La Liga club have paid a similar fee for a player, having signed Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in the summer for a fee that could rise to 135 million pounds.

There has already been a Nike advert posted online with Coutinho’s name on a Barcelona shirt, however the deal is certainly far from being done yet, and the ball is very much in the court of the Catalan club as they weigh up another offer.

At the age of 25, Coutinho will be entering the peak performance level of his career now and it seems that he has his heart set on moving to Spain.

Simon Phillips

 

 

 

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