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Liverpool FC star Philippe Coutinho promised a January move to FC Barcelona

14 October, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Philippe Coutinho in action for Liverpool

Coutinho failed to complete a high profile move to join Barcelona during the summer transfer window despite huge bids from the Catalan giants but nonetheless, the Brazilian global could still join the Spanish giants in January.

Initially, in the public eye, after failing to fly to the Camp Nou and the transfer window has been closed, Coutinho has no choice but to return to play with Liverpool.

Despite the player trying to engineer a move, Liverpool turned down his late transfer request during the close season window.

Rumours of a move to Barcelona in January have resurfaced, with the La Liga club's CEO Oscar Grau saying they can afford Coutinho in the winter window.

"We are ready to buy Coutinho in the winter market or any player the technical staff request", the Liverpool Echo quotes Grau as saying.

The Times' Paul Joyce, elaborating on Grau's comments, said that "Liverpool will be angered" by Barcelona's renewed efforts.

Liverpool were dealt a big blow before their crunch clash with Manchester United on Saturday after Mane was ruled out for a number of weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up while on global duty with Senegal.

And their third bid arrived less than 24 hours before Jurgen Klopp's side took on Crystal Palace, with the Catalan side clearly looking to force Fenway Sports Group's hand.

"It's quite clear that Barcelona do feel they need a strong midfielder in the Verratti mould, and a strong player like Coutinho".

"But will they convince Liverpool?".

The Brazilian was subject to summer-long interest from the Spanish giants, who desperately wanted to recruit him in the wake of losing prized asset Neymar to PSG in an astronomical £198m deal.

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