Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is seeking assurances that Liverpool are prepared to sell him next summer.
Coutinho made no secret of his desire to join Barcelona in the summer, although Liverpool stayed firm and refused to sell.
This week, Coutinho hardly did anything to dispel rumours of his impending departure, discussing a possible move in January.
“I do not know how the future is going to be,” said Coutinho.
“What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer. I am at Liverpool and I always do my best when I have the opportunity to play, respecting the jersey and the supporters.
“Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed, I have played with will and desire.”
Now, with Barcelona reportedly preparing a new bid, Coutinho wants to know that he will be allowed to leave next summer if he agrees to stay in January. Again Phil, this isn’t your choice.
In the Sunday Mirror, John Richardson writes that this agreement between player and club would give Barcelona a guarantee that they will get their man, and allow Liverpool to line up a replacement.