Since the turn of the new year and the opening of the January transfer window, Philippe Coutinho’s mooted transfer to Barcelona has begun to look increasingly inevitable.
On Thursday morning, Four Four Two’s Marcus Alves reported that the Brazilian’s representatives are due to sit down with the Liverpool board to negotiate the deal while the reliable Melissa Reddy has also claimed that Barcelona ‘are finalising a package in excess of €150 million’ which would make him the Catalan’s record signing.
Coutinho’s agents Giuliano Bertolucci and Kia Joorabchian are set to meet Liverpool’s board in the coming hours to discuss Brazil international’s transfer to Barcelona. Neymar has been amongst those who encouraged Cou to move to Camp Nou
— Marcus Alves (@alves_marcus) January 4, 2018
Barcelona are finalising a package in excess of €150 million for Philippe Coutinho, which would make him their record signing and the third most expensive player in the world. Seems to now be a matter of when not if a deal will be done… https://t.co/pCjJy7PjCw#LFC #FCB pic.twitter.com/uoeGq4jyEc
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) January 4, 2018
As the news has emerged, Jamie Carragher has seemingly become increasingly distressed given his connection with Liverpool FC and on Tuesday morning, the Sky pundit tweeted out his own thoughts on how the club should handle the scenario.
Despite the fact that all reports suggest that the 25-year-old is desperate to see the deal done in the current window, Carragher urged the club to refuse to allow the player to leave before the current season is over.
Best thing @LFC is agree the BIG fee for Coutinho to go in the summer like we’ve done with Keita, not now. What do the club gain by doing it now? Top 4 & CL progression seriously risked if they sell in Jan, & difficult to replace him now. If he goes on strike he damages himself.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 3, 2018
If Carragher was hoping for his message to be received as some sort of ingenious idea on how the saga should be handled, he was in for a rude awakening as Gary Neville laughed off the suggestion as ‘a lovely story’.
To add salt to the wounds, Gary Neville fired another message in Carragher’s direction following Alves’s update that Coutinho ‘doesn’t intend to play for Liverpool again’.
As of yet, Carra hasn’t taken the bait but, if he does, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date here.