Euro giants make emphatic transfer decision about Liverpool ace - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Spanish giants Barcelona have ended their interest in Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to a report.
Spanish publication Sport claims that the La Liga side have “finally thrown in the towel” in their attempt to land the 25-year-old on the final day of the Spanish transfer window.
The newspaper reports that the Catalan club have been working extremely hard to get the deal over the line on deadline day but Liverpool have refused to sanction a move and Barcelona have opted against tabling a new bid.
The report claims that the Brazilian has threatened to strike and refuse to play for the Reds this season but sources close to player have claimed that Barcelona are no longer interested in the deal due to Merseyside club’s firm stance.
Coutinho is currently away on international duty and he scored an excellent goal on his first competitive appearance this season as Brazil beat Ecuador in a crucial World Cup qualifier.
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The midfielder has recovered from a suspected back injury and he could now potentially feature for the Reds as they face Premier League rivals Manchester City next weekend.
The Brazilian currently has five years remaining on his contract at Anfield.
Football Insider verdict
Liverpool supporters will surely be relieved that Barcelona have finally given up on signing Coutinho this summer. This has been one of the biggest transfer stories throughout the window but it appears that Liverpool have fended off one of the biggest names in world football to keep hold of a key player. It will be interesting to see how Coutinho reacts on his return to Merseyside and whether he is in the right frame of mind to reproduce his great displays for the club. Liverpool should be credited with the way that they have handled the situation this summer as they have shown that they will not be bullied into selling one of the best assets.
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