Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona: The latest claims

Date published: Tuesday 2nd January 2018 7:37

Because we like to make life easier for you, we have put all the latest Philippe Coutinho claims in one place…


The Guardian: ‘Philippe Coutinho hopes to complete a long-proposed move to Barcelona this month but it will take the second highest transfer fee in history for Liverpool to consider selling the Brazil playmaker.’

The figure they put on the move is ‘at least £130m’ and they claim that though ‘a deal could be struck this month that would allow him to move in the summer, his preference is for a January departure’. They say he ‘remains determined’ to join the Spanish giants.

The Independent: ‘One source with knowledge of Barcelona’s plans stated that Coutinho would “do anything in the world” to secure a move to the Camp Nou’.

They agree with The Guardian’s claims that ‘the very least he would like to happen this month would be to have a deal signed that sees him join Barca at the end of the season’.

The Daily Telegraph: ‘Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is determined as ever to move to Barcelona this January but the Merseyside club will demand a fee in excess of £130 million before considering talks.’

They suggest that there has been a shift in the attitude of Liverpool, who are no longer taking a hardline stance.

The Times: ‘Philippe Coutinho believes he has played his last game for Liverpool, but it will take an offer in the region of €150 million (about £133 million) from Barcelona if the Anfield club is to consider letting him leave this month.’

The onus is now on Barcelona to pay the money, having had three bids rejected in the summer.

Daily Mail: ‘Philippe Coutinho has played his last Liverpool game, according to Spanish media reports, but it will take British football’s biggest transfer deal for him to realise his Barcelona dream.’

They back up the claim that it will take £133m to persuade Liverpool to sell Coutinho, though they again note that ‘there has been a shift in the attitude’ of the club.

Goal: ‘Sources close to the No.10 have revealed Liverpool unsuccessfully tried to alter Coutinho’s mind by presenting multiple incentives and a greater wage packet to their highest earner.’

But Coutinho’s desire to leave for Barcelona has ‘not dwindled’ and Goal claim that ‘his camp have worked tirelessly on softening the stance of the Merseysiders’.

Liverpool Echo: ‘If Coutinho has no intention of playing for the Reds in the second half of the season then he has yet to articulate those thoughts to manager Jurgen Klopp.’

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