Liverpool superstar Philippe Coutinho has stayed behind as his entire team travelled to Dubai for a mini break following their hectic Christmas schedule, according to a report.
The Sun claims that Coutinho, who has been the subject of heavy interest from Barcelona, is trying to finalise the deal that is reported to be in excess of £140million.
And instead of jetting out with his teammates, Coutinho is going to watch Barcelona play Levante at the Nou Camp on Sunday, in what is the clearest indication yet that a move is almost certain.
However, it has been reported by Mundo Deportivo that Coutinho is so desperate to secure his dream move, he is even willing to shell out £15million of his own money to secure it.
The Brazzilian maestro has attracted other European giants, including PSG and Real Madrid, but always favoured a move to the Camp Nou.
It seems to be a case of when, and not if, that the 25-year-old star will reach an agreement with the Spanish giants, that would see him become the third most expensive player in history, if the reported fee is to be believed.
Football Insider verdict
Philippe Coutinho is one of the worlds most exciting talents, and he would certainly fit in well with the talent that Barcelona possess. The Brazillian has his heart set on playing in Spain, but he has enjoyed a wonderful career with Liverpool. It seems as though the Reds talent for losing their world class players is still evident.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club has today contacted a rival team to say that they are not interested in this Premier League ace.