With not even 24 hours left for the transfer window to open, it looks like Nike have confirmed Phillippe Coutinho’s move to Catalonia.
The Brazilian over the past few weeks has been heavily linked with a switch to Camp Nou. He is seen as a potential replacement to Neymar, who left for PSG in the summer. Liverpool refused to even entertain offers from Barcelona during the summer, and Coutinho stayed at Anfield.
He has been a class act on the pitch, arguably the most important of the ‘fab four’ of Liverpool with Jurgen Klopp trusting the No.10 blindfolded.
Look who had confirmed the deal, Coutinho?
Now, Nike has confirmed indirectly his move to the Blaugrana with a tweet which has taken the world by storm.
Well. That's concerning isn't it?
— Paul (Maych) Machin (@ThePaulMachin) December 31, 2017
“Philippe Coutinho is ready to light up Camp Nou. Get your 2017/18 FC Barcelona kit
with the Magician’s name on it. Act fast – free personalisation only available until 6 January.” is the sentence which has Liverpool fans around the world raging.
— Brian Durand (@BrianDurand56) December 31, 2017
Twitter user Colin Miller also suggested that it could’ve been a mistake from Nike. He pointed out that the URL seemed to suggest it was scheduled to post on January 1st.
URL seems to suggest is was scheduled for 1st January 2018. pic.twitter.com/UiE74bqh4U
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) December 31, 2017
The line stayed up for only under an hour but has caught the attention of the Twitterati.
Coutinho to Barca a sealed deal?
The move seems to be happening for sure now. One cannot prevent a giant such as Barcelona from having who they want. Rumours are the 25-year old commands a fee of €160 million in total.
He would be a welcome addition to the already ravaging Barcelona squad. But Liverpool will definitely feel the blow. Having only signed Van Dijk, they would be looking to add to their ranks more players of his quality. With Klopp recently stating he need not balance Liverpool’s books, more addition look imminent at Anfield.