Coutinho Family Still Trying To Secure Liverpool Exit
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is still a transfer target for Barcelona despite their failure to land the Brazilian last month.
Barca offered Liverpool €90million (£79million) for Coutinho with up to €40million (£35million) in add-ons and bonuses. However, Liverpool refused to even discuss a move for the Brazilian. Despite reports from the Catalan press claiming that a delegation from the Nou Camp travelled to Liverpool in August for talks, the truth is that the only communication between the two clubs was by email.
A leaked copy of the contract Barcelona offered to Coutinho revealed that the La Liga side offered to double his wages. He currently earns £200,000 a week at Liverpool. He would have earned €115million over five years at Barcelona – the equivalent of around £400,000 a week. It had previously been thought he would take a pay cut.
But Barcelona have still not given up hope of signing Coutinho. The Catalan newspaper Sport claims that a summit meeting was held recently in Boston between Coutinho’s agent, members of his family and representatives of Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group.
FSG refused to sell Coutinho in the summer as they didn’t want to upset manager Jurgen Klopp. The German has told the Americans that he expects Liverpool to challenge for the Premier League title and that Coutinho is a vital component of his squad.
But Liverpool are already five points behind Manchester City and Manchester United in the Premier League table and are out of the Carabao Cup.
Sport claims Coutinho’s family are chipping away at FSG’s resolve and they believe that they are getting somewhere in their efforts to secure a move. However, the Catalan press were guilty over the summer of being over-optimistic about Barca’s chances of signing Coutinho. Even so, they claim a fresh bid could come in January.