Barcelona look a step closer to sealing the Philippe Coutinho transfer as reports in Spain claim they have an agreement with the player himself while Liverpool are prepared to sell him this January.
However, as noted by Sport, the Coutinho transfer will only be sanctioned by the Reds at a fee of £123million, which Barca are still seemingly unsure about paying.
Diario Gol have also flagged up supposed concerns at Barcelona about the possible signing of the Brazilian, such as his being cup-tied in the Champions League this season, and his wage demands causing tension among the club’s other high earners.
Still, Sport suggest Liverpool are already planning for life without Coutinho as they look to bring in Monaco winger Thomas Lemar as his replacement should his departure go through.
Philippe Coutinho has reportedly agreed a transfer to Barcelona
Jurgen Klopp would certainly need a top class attacking player in that position were Coutinho to leave, with the 25-year-old proving an instrumental part of how his side play.
£123m should give the Merseyside giants enough to help rebuild their squad, though it’s debatable if they’d really take the money over a fully integrated star like Coutinho in their team for the rest of the season.
Still, it looks like this is closer to becoming a reality now as Sport claim Coutinho wants the move and has personal terms all sorted with the Catalan giants.