Looks like Barcelona have got their man!
It has been widely been reported that Coutinho has already agreed personal terms with Barcelona, and now it is only left for the two clubs to decide upon a fee.
Coutinho has been identified by the Barcelona brass as someone who could fill Iniesta’s huge shoes. The legendary Spanish play maker is on the decline, as his imperious career is slowly but surely coming to a close.
While Liverpool have maintained that they will not sell Coutinho, there is a sense within the club that a bid over 100 million might be enough to seal the deal.
But Barcelona are not yet willing to pay such fee. They have proposed two swap deals with Liverpool, but both have been rejected out of hand. Klopp does not want either of Rafinha or Andre Gomes as part of the swap deal for Coutinho.
This puts Barcelona in a fix as they realize that they will need to shell out the money or risk losing Coutinho this summer. With Neymar already out of the door, Barcelona will need to appease their supporters with a big summer signing.
But it looks like Barcelona have got their man, as reports have come out that Barcelona will unveil the Brazilian by the end of the week.
While this comes as huge news for Barcelona, it is a major setback for Liverpool. Klopp feels betrayed by the Liverpool board, after he was promised that Coutinho will not be sold by the club.
Now, with a little over three weeks to go before the transfer window shuts, Klopp will need to look for a suitable replacement.
Liverpool’s entire season might just depend on it!