The Coutinho to Barcelona transfer saga has taken a new twist, as close friend Neymar has advised his fellow Brazilian to stay at Liverpool.
Neymar’s dramatic move to PSG prompted total chaos at Barcelona. The Brazilian was being built up as the heir to Messi, something that was in the fore front of their minds when they brought Neymar to Spain in the first place.
But his departure suddenly changed everything, as the Catalan club were scrambling to sign a replacement.
After weeks of negotiations, Barcelona did finally buy Ousmane Dembele for a fee of close to 150 million euros, making the youngster the second most expensive signing in history.
It is Coutinho that Barcelona really want though. Liverpool’s number 10 can play both on the wings and in the middle of the park.
Coutinho can also become the long term successor to Andres Iniesta, which is why his signature is so appealing to the Barcelona chiefs.
But Liverpool are steadfast in their opinion of not wanting to sell their talisman. Klopp in particular has stated that Coutinho will not be sold under any circumstance.
In a new twist to the deal, Neymar has told Coutinho that him staying at Liverpool may not be a bad thing in the grand scheme of things.
Neymar was extremely critical of Barcelona’s board after his move to PSG. The Samba star had said that the people running the club had to leave, as Barcelona deserve much better.
Now would this suddenly strengthen Liverpool’s chances of holding on to Coutinho?