Liverpool’s stance on Phillipe Coutinho has changed according to top Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague on Twitter.
The Sky Sports and TalkSport presenter sent out his Tweet on the social media platform which was in direct contrast from his previous opinion on the possible transfer.
Back in October Balague insisted on Sky Sports that the attacker would not be sold in January.
However, his latest remark completely rebuffs that claim and it is now looking more and more likely that Jurgen Klopp will listen to offers for his highly-rated Brazilian.
Coutinho will not be “fit” for the the FA Cup game on Friday vs Everton. On future: LFC’s tone has changed -it seems they are open to all the options. Sell now, sell now for the summer. Keeping him beyond then seems the very last option. But no offer from FBC has arrived… yet pic.twitter.com/rFGyFuXqzF
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) January 2, 2018
This latest revelation comes after Nike announced on their website that the 25-year-old midfielder would be joining Barcelona – a claim that has since been dismissed by all parties.
Although Balague has said Liverpool’s stance has changed, he did say that ‘no offer from FBC has arrived’ but ominously added ‘yet.’
It has been previously reported by Football Insider that the Reds would sell to the Catalan giants for a fee believed to be worth £133million.
And it is unlikely that Liverpool will be able to turn down the vast sums of money being batted about, particularly as Coutinho himself is believed to be pushing for a move to La Liga.
Football Insider Verdict:
It seems that it is only a matter of time before Barcelona get their man. With Liverpool now ready to listen to offers – they were not in the summer – and the Brazilian pushing for a move – it seems as though it is only a case of when and not if. It is unlikely a company the size of Nike would have made such an error of judgment in announcing the 25-year-old’s signing if it was not going to come to fruition. Jurgen Klopp and co. cannot afford to turn down such money which could be used to solve the defensive and goalkeeping issues.
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