Transfer twist: Coutinho saga takes a surprising turn, Liverpool take lead – report
By Harry Sykes
The transfer saga over Philippe Coutinho moving to Barcelona took another twist on Monday morning, according to a repot.
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported that since Coutinho himself had said yes to the deal two weeks ago, Barcelona were now set accelerate efforts this week to land their man.
And, after Liverpool refused the Spanish giants first offer of £72million, the Merseyside club has tried to take the lead in the negotiations, coming back with a counter offer to Barcelona.
It is claimed that they want £90million, but failing that they have proposed a player-plus-cash deal, with Portugal international Andre Gomes moving in the other direction.
The newspaper claims that Jurgen Klopp is resigned to losing Coutinho and say that club sources have hinted the probability of asking for Gomes in return is “high”.
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Barcelona reportedly do not want to lose Gomes, but are prepared for negotiations to turn that way and understand they would have to make a decision.
Barcelona are said to want Coutinho in place in time for the Spanish Super Cup matches against Real Madrid on the 13th and 16th August.
Gomes joined Barcelona from Valencia last summer for £30million and made 30 La Liga appearances last season, scoring three goals and adding two assists.
He also played eight times in the Champions League, including 45 minutes in the 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the quarter-finals.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool fans will be fearing the worst now as rumours accelerate and noises from both sides seem to indicate that a deal will be done for one of the Reds star attackers. If he does go, getting Andre Gomes would be some consolation but it wouldn’t be a like-for-like swap and it would still see Jurgen Klopp having to enter the summer transfer market late for reinforcements. However, if the club has been resigned to losing him for a while they might already know where they’re going to spend the cash and with Champions League football on offer they could attract one of Europe’s elites. With Barcelona wanting the transfer done by next week, it looks like the next seven days are going to be huge for the Merseyside club.
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