Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona impose hilarious deadline on Phil Coutinho deal: Liverpool board in hysterics

The Barcelona board are a joke!

It has not been an easy summer for the Barcelona board.

Selling Neymar to PSG, which in fairness no one could have foreseen, has left many Barcelona fans raging at their board.

Quite simply, in this transfer market, it is very hard to replace world class players, even with 222 million euros.

And, neither Borussia Dortmund or Liverpool are making it very easy on Barcelona who’s two top targets are Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona struggle to lure Philippe Coutinho

Leaving aside Dembele (and the bizarre signing of Paulinho), Barcelona’s struggles to lure Philippe Coutinho have been quite something.

For many weeks now, the Catalan press have been claiming that Coutinho’s move was “imminent”.

Phrases like “within the next 48 hours” have been bandied about on a regular basis with regards to Coutinho leaving Liverpool for Barcelona.

Yet, Coutinho is still not a Barcelona player and the struggle for his future remains in Liverpool’s hands.

Barcelona impose hilarious deadline on Phil Coutinho deal

With just 12 days remaining of the summer transfer window Barcelona have some serious issues to resolve.

On Friday, another huge bid was rejected by Liverpool for Coutinho, of up to 118 million pounds.

Coutinho missed the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday with his familiar “back injury”.

After the Premier League game, Times writer Paul Joyce has revealed an incredible update on the Coutinho saga.

“A source of amusement for Liverpool’s power brokers”

Paul Joyce writes 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officials that they have until Sunday evening to change their mind, and belatedly accept the offer, or it will be withdrawn.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?

You can expect the Sunday deadline to come and go with no resolution from Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho may have done his best to secure a move, but Barcelona’s next move will be fascinating…

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.

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