13 Oct 2016

Anfield Alert: 79% of LFC fans reject Liverpool swap-deal for 'wonderful' €45m attacker

PSG are reportedly set to offer Lucas Moura in part-exchange for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, but what do Reds fans think about this potential deal?

Earlier this week, French newspaper Le10 Sport claimed that PSG are willing to offer Moura plus a 'mouth-watering fee' to temp the Reds into selling Coutinho, but Liverpool fans don't appear to be impressed by PSG's plan.

I conducted a poll this week asking fans whether Liverpool should accept the deal, and the result were emphatic: 79% of participating fans voted NO the swap deal, which represents a massive vote of confidence for Coutinho.

With Barcelona also allegedly interested, would Coutinho even be interested in a move to PSG? When asked in July about a move to Ligue One, he offered the following diplomatic response:

"As far as I know, there's no offer [from PSG]. I'm here with the national team, and this subject is for my representatives".

This is not a denial, and it's markedly different to Coutinho's prior unambiguous responses to questions about his future. For example, in April 2015, Coutinho told reporters:

"My mind is at Liverpool. I’m a Liverpool player and I don’t think about those things because I’m happy here and want to be here".

Historically, Barcelona is hugely attractive for South American attackers, but the competition for places is intense, and the reality is that Coutinho will probably have more chance of becoming a first-team regular at PSG.

Either way, in my view, it's just a matter of time before Coutinho leaves Anfield.

* Moura: €45m-rated. hailed by Laurent Blanc as 'wonderful'.


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