By Harry Sykes
Liverpool received a boost in a transfer market that’s showing signs of going sour, according to a reliable journalist.
Marcus Christenson, football editor of the Guardian and the Observer, claims that Juventus CEO Beppe Marotta has admitted they are unlikely to sign Emre Can this summer.
He put out the news on his personal Twitter account on Sunday night.
— Marcus Christenson (@m_christenson) August 6, 2017
However, the tweet also contained an indirect threat of sorts, with Marotta also saying that Dybala and Alex Sandro would be staying with the club.
That could have an impact on a bigger transfer story that’s brewing at Anfield – that of Barcelona’s pursuit of Philippe Coutinho.
The Liverpool Echo had reported on Saturday that Barcelona were set to end their interest in the Reds attacker, and look to sign Dybala instead.
This dashes those hopes and now it looks like Barcelona are focusing solely on Coutinho, with The Sun reporting that the Spanish giants are confident of landing him this week in a £90million deal.
Football Insider verdict:
A tweet that gives with one hand and potentially takes away with another. This seems to be the week that Liverpool fans have been dreading and will prove to them Liverpool’s resolve in the transfer market and upcoming Premier League campaign. Keeping Can is great but if they lose Coutinho it’s fair to say that their plans for the season will be blown wide open. If this had come earlier in the summer it wouldn’t have been so potentially devastating, but with the opening games of the season less than a week away, the speculation is far from ideal even if the move doesn’t materialise.
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