Barcelona have launched a ‘final offensive’ to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho according to reports in Spain.
Catalan based publication Sport claim that the La Liga giants have sent people to London in attempt to secure the deal. The report says that Barca know the deal can be completed, despite Liverpool’s public declaration that the player is not for sale, and the transfer of the player is ‘moving forward’.
It was reported last week that the Reds rejected a £72m offer for the Brazilian, and Jurgen Klopp backed that up by saying he was not available for transfer at any price. However, the article claims that Barcelona have been made aware privately that Coutinho could be sold if the Blaugrana make an offer of €100m (£89m), an offer that would match the world record fee paid by Manchester United for Paul Pogba last summer.
The deal to sign Coutinho, with who they have been interested in for some time, had been put on hold due to the Spanish club’s interest in Marco Verratti. However, that deal was deemed impossible to complete, so now they have returned their attentions to signing the Liverpool star.
Publicly, Liverpool remain insistent that they will not sell, but privately they have told Barca that they will reluctantly do business. Barca want the player to have an agreement with Liverpool rather than ‘go out of the back door’.
Coutinho himself, who has recently signed a big money, five year contract with Liverpool, could have to take a pay drop should he move to Barcelona, however his deal would have significant performance related bonuses, and is reportedly convinced its is a risk worth taking.
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