Coutinho ‘would like’ Barcelona transfer, claims report

Date published: Monday 7th August 2017 3:40

Philippe Coutinho “would like to move to Barcelona” if his future at Liverpool can be resolved “amicably”, according a report.

Sky Sports suggest a “source close to Coutinho” has said the Brazilian would like to swap Anfield for the Camp Nou.

“We are told Coutinho will not rock the boat at Anfield and he would only leave Liverpool for Barcelona,” says the report.

Liverpool’s position on the 25-year-old Brazilian is understood to have stayed the same – they want to keep the player, who only signed a new five-year contract in January.

“He is not available for sale,” Klopp told reporters in Germany, ahead of his side’s clash with Bayern Munich last month. “There is no other interpretation of that.”

The report also claim Barcelona have not contacted Liverpool since their initial £72million offer rejected last month.

Monday’s papers were full of reports claimimg Barcelona were confident that they will complete the signing of Coutinho this week.

The Catalan giants, who have a huge transfer kitty following the £199million sale of Neymar to PSG, are certain they can land Neymar’s Brazil team-mate Coutinho for £90m.

Coutinho missed the Reds’ 2-1 friendly win over Athletic Bilbao in Dublin on Saturday with a back complaint.

Klopp said: “Phil had back problems so there was no reason for any risks.”

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed the club are actively working on replacements for Neymar.

“We thought there was a chance that Neymar could go and for that reason we raised his buy-out clause,” he told Marca.

“Now we are looking for alternatives and whatever happened here it is in the end good for Barca because if he stayed then we have a great player and if he goes then we bring in a lot of money.

“The 222 million euros we will spend sensibly, strictly and wisely. It will be used to improve the club and with this it means that we are in a great position to sign players.”

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