Barcelona, Liverpool Have Talks
Barcelona have agreed personal terms with Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho according to reports from Catalunya.
The La Liga side sent a delegation for talks with Liverpool in London earlier this week but the Merseyside club are refusing to sell. A bid for Coutinho of just over £70million has already been rejected but a bid of €100million (just under £90million) may turn Liverpool heads.
In the meantime, Catalan radio station RAC1 claims the Brazil international has agreed personal terms with Barca. No figures are being quoted, but his basic wage would be lower at Barcelona than it currently is. He is on around £200,000 a week at Anfield.
Certainly, the arrival of Coutinho at the Nou Camp could be the catalyst for Neymar to stay with Barcelona. The Brazilian superstar has been friends with Coutinho since the pair played international football at under-age level for Brazil.
The Barcelona top brass have had talks with Neymar and his father. They have promised to bring in Brazilian players such as Coutinho and former Spurs forward Paulinho, currently with Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in a bid to prevent Neymar from joining Paris Saint-Germain.
Van Dijk ‘Expects’ Liverpool Transfer
Liverpool are expected to close the signing of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk before the transfer window closes. Van Dijk has been left off the Saints’ trip to France and was reported last week to be training alone. He wasn’t considered for Southampton’s 2-2 draw at Brentford on Saturday.
But Sky Sports claims sources close to the player have said that van Dijk expects to become a Liverpool player before the transfer window closes in just over five weeks’ time.
Southampton reported the Reds to the Premier League in June about what they felt was an illegal approach by Liverpool to van Dijk. The Reds apologised though they have done nothing wrong with regards to van Dijk since they withdrew their interest.