Philippe Coutinho’s proposed transfer to Barcelona has taken a step forward with reports in Spain suggesting a deal could be resolved in the coming days.
Coutinho was heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp during the summer transfer window, and even submitted a transfer request as he tried to force through the deal to Barcelona. However, Liverpool dug their heels in, and refused to be bullied by the Spanish club, insisting the Brazilian would not be moving. They stuck to their word and kept hold of the midfielder, who has seemingly not let the speculation affect him, playing his usual excellent football.
However, according to Spanish publication Sport, the deal has now reached a breakthrough. At a meeting with Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group in Boston on Tuesday, the Reds finally set an asking price of €150m (£132m), a price that the Blaugrana are prepared to pay in instalments.
They also claim that they have come to an agreement with the player, who has agreed a €12m-a-year (£220,000-a-week) deal which will run for five years.
The report goes on to say that the deal could be completed in the first few days of the January transfer window, and Coutinho could be a Barcelona player in time for Kings Day on 6th January, a day celebrated in Spain signifying the arrival of the Three Kings to the birth of Christ, a day where the Spanish traditionally give festive gifts.
It seems as though Barcelona are preparing to give the fans their most expensive Christmas present of all time.