By Aramide Oladipo
Spanish giants Barcelona are plotting to land Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window, according to a report.
Spanish outlet Don Balon reports that the Catalan club have not thrown in the towel in trying to sign the 25-year-old this season and they are willing to continue their pursuit at the start of the new year.
The report claims Barcelona have made an “underhand” request to the Brazilian asking him not to feature in the Champions League for Liverpool this season.
If Coutinho competes in the elite European club competition for the Reds in this year’s group stages, he would be unable to feature for Barcelona in the knockout rounds should he complete a deal in January.
However, the midfielder is reportedly unhappy with the way the Catalans handled his transfer situation which could mean that he decides to go against their wishes.
Coutinho has yet to feature for the Reds since the start of the competitive season citing a back injury, but he play for the Brazilian national team in their World Cup qualifiers at the start of the month.
The Brazilian could potentially feature against Sevilla as Liverpool get their Champions League campaign underway on Wednesday night at Anfield.
Football Insider verdict
Barcelona will find it even harder to land Coutinho in the January transfer window. Liverpool are likely to ask for more money especially if the Brazilian manages to replicate his performances from last season. Liverpool supporters will be delighted to hear that the player is not too pleased with how Barcelona handled the situation and this could work in the club’s favour, making it easier to persuade him to stay beyond the current season. In order for all of this speculation surrounding his future to disappear, Coutinho needs to start playing for Liverpool once again and show the fans that he is a professional willing to work hard to regain his place in the side.
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