Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho
Is it over?
Can Liverpool fans finally start to consider how Philippe Coutinho will feature in their setup this season?
According to Spanish daily Mundo Deportivo on Monday, Coutinho’s move from Liverpool to Barcelona now seems “impossible”.
It’s worth noting that Mundo Deportivo have been one of the principle pushers of the Coutinho to Barcelona story this summer. If they’re reporting the deal is dead, the in all likelihood is it.
Coutinho’s Barcelona deadline
In some respects, new that Coutinho is staying at Liverpool should come as no surprise.
Over the weekend, rumours spread that Barcelona had set a deadline for Liverpool to agree to sell Coutinho.
Paul Joyce wrote in The Times:
“Barcelona’s response to having a third bid of up to £118million rejected for Philippe Coutinho was to make contact with Liverpool again on Friday and impose one of the transfer market’s more bizarre deadlines.
The Catalan club, in all their wisdom, informed Anfield officials that they have until Sunday evening to change their mind, and belatedly accept the offer, or it will be withdrawn.
In other words, a bid Liverpool have twice told Barcelona not to make is instantly rebuffed and their rivals’ next move is to threaten to take it off the table.
Finally in this saga, the Camp Nou club has managed to do something which served as a source of amusement for Liverpool’s power brokers.”
What next for Barcelona, Liverpool & Philippe Coutinho?
Of course, the Sunday deadline came and went with no resolution from Liverpool.
Philippe Coutinho may have done his best to secure a move, but the deal now appears to be over.
Will Barcelona have one last try at getting the deal done?
Liverpool will boost their chances of keeping Coutinho by seeing off Hoffenheim in the Champions League play-off second leg in midweek.
Whilst Barcelona are close to signing a similar player to Coutinho in Nice’s Jean Michael Seri.