Liverpool Transfer News: Jurgen Klopp makes an offer to Barcelona for former star Philippe Coutinho one and a half year after he left Anfield for the Spanish Giants.
Barcelona have been very dominant in the Spanish Domestic circuit in the recent years. They have however failed to convert the same success on the European front faltering each time in the closing stages. This has prompted the Catalan club to look for high-profile signings to bolster their chances. One such signing this season has put the future of another’s in jeopardy.
Barcelona have sealed the transfer of France international Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid a few days back. The club are reportedly looking to hand the striker the no.7 shirt. A number currently worn by Brazilian Philippe Coutinho. This has led to speculations that the former Liverpool star currently has no place in the Barcelona set up and is most likely to be sold. With Barcelona still reportedly in the hunt for Neymar from PSG, Coutinho looks increasingly surplus to requirements.
Liverpool are working on bringing back Philippe Coutinho to Anfield. The Reds have tabled a two year loan deal with an option to buy set at £88M. The midfielder has given his approval on the move, although the offer doesn’t attract Barcelona who prefer to sell. [@CalcioMercatoIT] pic.twitter.com/PGTQvESrpt
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) July 14, 2019
CalcioMercato.it have now reported that Philippe Coutinho’s former club Liverpool are looking to bring the Brazilian back to Merseyside. Liverpool have reportedly submitted a bid which will see Coutinho back in Liverpool on a two-year loan with an option to buy for £88 million. Coutinho has given his seal of approval to the move. However, Barcelona are reportedly uninterested in the bid and prefer an outright purchase instead.
To stay or not to stay
In contrasting news, Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian told Telegraph Sport earlier that Barcelona’s president Josep Maria Bartomeu had told him that Coutinho’s future remained at the club and they were not considering selling him.
Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool in January 2013. He flourished at the Merseyside scoring 54 times in 201 games in his six seasons at the Anfield. His performances earned him the nickname “The Magician” from Liverpool fans and teammates. However, the manner in which the Brazilian forced through a move to Barcelona in 2018 lost him a lot of supporters.
It will be interesting to see if the fans welcome him with open arms; i.e if he does come back or will they continue to hold their grudge. More interesting still will be if he heads to PSG in a player plus cash deal to bring in the man he was bought to replace: Neymar.
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