The Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona rumours just will not go away!
Liverpool did not need Philippe Coutinho at Stoke on Wednesday night as they eased to a 3-0 Premier League victory.
If Barcelona have their way, Coutinho will not be turning out for Liverpool past the January transfer window either.
The summer transfer window was full of rumours linking Coutinho with a move to Barcelona but Liverpool dug their heels in and rejected all offers.
This was despite Coutinho reportedly handing in a transfer request.
You would have thought this would have been the end of the Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona rumours but they have just not gone away.
And, on Friday they continue with both Catalan papers, Sport and Mundo Deportivo splashing the Brazilian playmaker on their front covers.
Liverpool have told Barcelona the fee they want for Coutinho
According to Mundo Deportivo, Liverpool will sell Coutinho for 145 million euros in January, and Barcelona have been informed that this is the asking price.
Barcelona remain steadfast that they will move for Coutinho and have been working on the transfer for months now.
Due to the pressure put on by both Barcelona and Coutinho, Liverpool have named their price.
Despite the high fee, which would be the second highest transfer fee ever, Barcelona have not been dissuaded to move for Coutinho.
Liverpool asked for 200 million euros in the summer
The Catalan press claim Liverpool are relenting with their hold on Coutinho since they have dropped their summer price for the Brazilian.
Infamous agent Kia Joorabchian has been working on the deal since the summer, and has obtained the new price of 145 million euros.
Barcelona are now considering the new fee for Coutinho and believe the Brazilian gives them six or seven years of high class football.
The Catalans were preparing an offer of 80 million euros, plus 30 million in incentives. So still have some way to go to get close to 145 million euros.
Liverpool & Barcelona remain in talks
According to the Catalan media, Liverpool and Barcelona remain in talks over Coutinho.
Barcelona still want to sign the former Inter Milan playmaker, who they see as a great alternative to 33-year-old Andres Iniesta.
This is far from the end of the Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona rumours…