Barcelona officials will travel to Liverpool in an attempt to finalise a deal for Philippe Coutinho according to reports in Catalonia.
Coutinho has been on the La Liga giants radar for a number of months, and desperately tried to sign the Brazilian last summer, although were left disappointed by Liverpool’s resilience to sell their star player.
Despite missing out on him in the summer, Barca have maintained their interest in the midfielder and will try to tie a deal up next week.
Barcelona based newspaper Sport claim that officials will fly to England next week with a hope of having a meeting on January 3rd in order to thrash out a deal with Liverpool, who are thought to be less resilient to the idea of him leaving.
The club, who have just committed to breaking the world transfer record on a defender to sign Virgil van Dijk for £75m, denied Coutinho’s transfer request last summer, but are now thought to be ready to listen to offers around the £125m mark.
Coutinho has already agreed personal terms with the Catalan giants.
In another report, it is also claimed that Coutinho’s ineligibility for Barcelona’s remaining Champions League games this season has actually boosted the club’s interest in signing him. The club are hoping that the Brazilian will be the long term replacement for the ageing maestro Andres Iniesta. However, Iniesta’s wonderful performance in the recent Classico showed that there is plenty of life in the old dog yet, and Coutinho’s potential arrival could help save Iniesta’s legs for the Champions League games.