Bellamy: ‘Nigh-on impossible’ for Coutinho to turn down Barca

Date published: Thursday 10th August 2017 10:01

Craig Bellamy thinks it will be “very difficult” for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho to turn down Barcelona.

The Reds reportedly turned down a new £90million offer from the Catalan giants for Coutinho on Wednesday with the Merseysiders keen to keep their prized asset.

However, Bellamy thinks that Liverpool will struggle to hold firm and that Coutinho will join Barcelona this summer.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Bellamy said: “Liverpool are going to stay firm, but it’s still early in the transfer window, and how long can they stay firm for?

“No supporter wants to hear this, everyone thinks their team is the biggest, and rightly so, but this is Barcelona. If they come calling, it’s very difficult for players to turn down.

“This is Coutinho, who has the opportunity to play with Lionel Messi, the best player to play football, to go to one of the best clubs in football. How can you look him in the eyes and tell him this isn’t an improvement? To tell him this isn’t what you deserve?

“This is the difference. With Liverpool you’ve got the chance of competing in the Champions League with Liverpool, or there’s a chance of realistically going to win the Champions League with Barcelona. It’s nigh-on impossible to turn them down.”

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