9 Oct 2016

Deal Close? Liverpool ready to thwart Barcelona and offer 'amazing' £70m attacker massive deal

Philippe Coutinho is having his best start to season since signing for Liverpool in 2013, and new reports this weekend suggest that the Reds are keen to the 'amazing' Brazilian down a new long-term deal.

According to The Mirror:

"Liverpool are ready to offer Philippe Coutinho a new contract to fend off interest from Barcelona. Coutinho only signed fresh terms 18 months ago but the Reds aim to reward him again with a stack of TV-deal cash".

Barcelona have been constantly linked with Coutinho over the last two years, but in March, Guillem Balague claimed:

"He [Coutino] is not Barcelona material. He is miles away from being a Barcelona player. He has a lot of potential, but in that department they are sorted."

Soon after, Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona want Coutinho, and Liverpool are willing to sell Coutinho for £70m, which - if true - obviously suggests Barca believe his *is* right for the club.

In my view, Coutinho's exit from Anfield is inevitable...unless the Reds either win a major trophy this year, or qualify for the Champions League.

On current evidence, the latter is definitely possible, but if the Reds end the season in failure once again, Coutinho will probably leave, and given his age, it'd be hard to begrudge his decision to move on.

I suspect that Liverpool are already resigned to losing Coutinho, and the new deal is probably a way to ensure the club receives a massive transfer fee.

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