15 November 2017
According to reports, Ivan Rakitic has informed Barcelona that he will quit the club should Philippe Coutinho end up joining.
The Spanish giants made three bids for the Brazilian during the summer transfer window, all of which were rejected by Liverpool.
The 25-year-old Coutinho had wanted to move to Barcelona and handed in a transfer request to the Reds in order to try and force through a move.
Ernesto Valverde’s team are expected to reignite their interest in Coutinho during the January transfer window and according to Spanish outlet, Diario Gol, this could cause tension in the club’s dressing room.
Rakitic does not want to sit on the bench and has said that he would rather leave the club should Coutinho arrive.
It remains to be seen if Coutinho will end up leaving Liverpool in January, however it is likely that he will be playing his football for Barcelona by the start of next season.