Report details exciting twist in Coutinho transfer saga that will delight Liverpool fans
By Danny Wright
Liverpool will look to let Philippe Coutinho leave Anfield once they have qualified for the group stages of the Champions League, according to a report.
Spanish news outlet Diario Gol claims that the Reds are eyeing up an exciting twist to the deal which could see the Brazilian seal his move to Spain as they want to have playmaker Ivan Rakitic move the other way.
It is understood that Rakitic can be a part of the deal which would put an end to the on-going transfer saga surrounding Coutinho and would also reduce the cost that Barca would have to pay.
Anfield star Coutinho has handed in a transfer request in order to force a move away from Merseyside after BBC Sport reported that two bids had been turned down by Barcelona as they look to replace Neymar, who left for Paris St. Germain in a £198million deal earlier this summer.
Diario Gol reports that Jurgen Klopp would be “delighted” to have Rakitic on board to bolster his creative options in midfield after he played a large part in helping the Catalan giants win the 2013/14 Champions League title.
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Coutinho’s transfer saga has brought an air of doom and gloom around Liverpool supporters, but there’s no doubt that if world class midfielder Rakitic is included in the deal, it would finally give the fans something to smile about.
Football Insider Verdict
Liverpool fans could hardly be upset if they pocket a shed load of money and Rakitic if Coutinho leaves. Klopp’s front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah could function fine without the former Inter Milan star, so it would be a very wise move to cash in on him and bag a world class playmaker in Rakitic. The Reds’ central midfield options could definitely be improved with Georginio Wijnaldum and the injured Adam Lallana perhaps their most creative options there. Rakitic would bring a different level of ball control and intelligence to the pitch. Liverpool fans should 100 per cent be in support of this deal taking place.