10 August 2017
According to a scoop revealed by Brazilian journalist, Marcus Alves, on Thursday, Barcelona and Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho have reached an agreement on a contract to bring the Brazilian midfielder to Nou Camp.
Alves claims the midfield magician wants to move to Barca but Liverpool are refusing to sell with the latest £90.3million bid turned down on Wednesday.
Explaining the terms of the Coutinho deal in FourFourTwo magazine, Alevs said: “Andre Cury is the Barcelona board’s representative in Brazil, and in order to please Neymar and avoid his exit to PSG, Cury had to fasten his seatbelt and board a flight to Heathrow Airport on July 24.
“Cury travelled from Barcelona to London to meet agents Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci, and discuss Philippe Coutinho’s move from Anfield to the Camp Nou.
“The trio shook hands in one of Joorabchian’s restaurants and agreed the terms of the deal that same day.
“Coutinho sees his future in blue and red. Despite his desire to move to Barcelona, however, he’s assured Liverpool that his attitude won’t change, and going to the war against the club is not an option.
“Neither is handing in an official transfer request.”
Boss Jurgen Klopp has reiterated that no bid from Barcelona would make them consider selling Coutinho.
Klopp told Sky Germany: “From a financial standpoint, there is no price limit to let him go or a price that we are ready to give in.
“Our goal is to have the best possible team. So we want to keep our guys and add new ones. That is our plan.
“Today no player on the planet is untouchable. But a transfer is also a question of timing and if you have the opportunity and the need to react to such a transfer.
“Also you have to ask, if you have the time to react. But just because of one request of one club, we don’t have to think about that. We are not in that situation.
“Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players. That is set in stone. So what they pay in the end doesn’t matter.”