Barcelona ‘want to announce’ Coutinho signing ‘next week’

Date published: Friday 5th January 2018 3:07

Barcelona want to announce the signing of Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho by next week.

Barca courted Coutinho throughout the summer and again this month, with the transfer window reopening.

It is believed that the Spanish club are willing to offer around £140million in total, with £35m comprised on add-ons – even though his value has clearly gone down.

Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has shed more light on the situation.

“Discussions between clubs are taking place about the price right now,” Balague told Sky Sports. “I think contracts are being written.

“The figure Liverpool will start considering is 150m euros (£133m), and Barcelona will be willing to pay even more as they want this to happen. Barcelona will want to announce it next week.

“Barcelona will go as far as it takes to bring Coutinho now. The squad are putting pressure for that to happen – it is the kind of quality the team needs to keep winning titles.

“Both Coutinho and Barcelona want this sorted now. They don’t consider the possibility of agreeing now for the summer. That scenario only benefits Liverpool, it doesn’t benefit Barcelona or Coutinho.

“Eventually Liverpool will have to decide if they sell him now or in the summer, but that could be used to press Barcelona to pay even more than 150m euros.

“I think Liverpool would seriously consider a sale of around 150m but Barcelona are so desperate that in a way they would be willing to pay more.

“The only stumbling block perhaps, although I’m not so sure how big a stumbling block this is, is that it will be Klopp who will decide whether he goes now or in the summer.”

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