Have Nike just accidentally announced Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona?
Last summer, Liverpool fans were forced to sit through one of the most protracted transfer sagas of all time as Barcelona mounted a ceaseless campaign to secure the services of Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian had been in sensational form for the Reds last season and, in recent weeks, the 25-year-old has once again caught fire turning in some sensational performances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Such has been the form of the attacking midfielder that his future has once again become a hot topic of discussion with countless reports suggesting that the Catalan giants may even attempt to make another move for Coutinho in the January window.
To add an explosive amount of fuel to that fire, Nike’s official website began to promote Barcelona shirts adorned with the ‘Magician’s’ name in the early hours of Sunday morning.
— Richard Buxton (@RichardBuxton_) December 31, 2017
Did Nike just leak a Coutinho to Barcelona deal?!?!!? pic.twitter.com/RkxBN7U8oz
— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) December 31, 2017
Nike are offering Coutinho shirts on their websites. Imagine the audacity from Barcelona. Laughing stock of world football if we don’t at least to attempt to do something about this. pic.twitter.com/u7vmnUTlID
— DaveOCKOP (@DaveOCKOP) December 31, 2017
Although the promotion was taken down shortly after it went live, it seems that enough damage was done and countless screenshots of the advert have been spreading like wildfire on Twitter and Reddit.
The cause of Nike’s brief Coutinho related update is as of yet unknown but as soon as an initial explanation is given by the American sports brand, we’ll bring it to you here.