Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Reds chiefs promise Philippe Coutinho he will join Barcelona in January

Reds chiefs promise Philippe Coutinho he will join Barcelona in January

That's according to Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo who claim Barcelona will land the Brazilian at the fourth time of asking and if they match their €150m asking price.

Coutinho was at the centre of a transfer saga over the summer, with Barcelona unsuccessfully attempting to pry the Brazilian worldwide away from Anfield.

Barcelona had a number of bids rejected in the summer for the 25-year-old with Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) insisting that no offers would be considered no matter how high.

The Brazilian forward moved to Liverpool in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.

Joining Coutinho on France Football's shortlist for the best player accolade is compatriot Neymar, who sealed a world-record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

"Right now there is nothing planned for the January window".

Now the Spanish publication claims that Coutinho has "an ace up his sleeve" to make that move due to an agreement he reached with Liverpool in which the Anfield club promised to let him go if Barcelona make an acceptable offer.

It's also claimed that Coutinho was determined not to play for Liverpool in this season's Champions League to ensure he wasn't cup tied for Barcelona later on in the competition.

After seven games this season, Liverpool already find themselves seven points off the lead, having accumulated a disappointing 12 points from their opening seven games.

Manager Ernesto Valverde believes that Coutinho could provide a big boost to his side in the fight for the La Liga title and the Copa del Rey, allowing him deploy a fresh Andres Iniesta in the Champions League.

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