Liverpool are preparing to once again hold firm when it comes to Philippe Coutinho, and will not sell him this winter even if Barcelona come calling.
The La Liga leaders are aware of this according to Guillem Balague, and know they may have to wait until the summer if they want to land him – something that the player himself is aware of and has apparently accepted as well, and is happy to see out the season at Anfield.
“Liverpool don’t want to sell Coutinho,” Balague told Sky Sports.
“That’s where they stand right now, so Barcelona are not optimistic about the possibility of Coutinho going there.
“Obviously they will try and they want to make an offer in January, but even Coutinho’s entourage are thinking it probably won’t happen, because Liverpool are saying the same as what they said in the summer: ‘We are not interested in selling’.
The other player Barcelona have turned their attentions to is Antoine Griezmann, who looks increasingly like he’s leaving Atletico Madrid – and not for Manchester United.
The Cules are happy to pay the huge fee it will take to land Griezmann, and it seems that they’re even breaking FIFA rules to make it happen – something Atleti are not happy about and have of course reported it to the governing body.
“Barcelona want Greizmann, no doubt about it.
“They are willing to pay the 100m euros that he will cost from the 1st of June.
“They have met his family, even his sister, who looks after his financial affairs, which is why Atletico Madrid have gone to FIFA and said that this is not supposed to happen.
“Barcelona have got Griezmann as number one target, at the same level of Coutinho, but I don’t think they can get both players.”