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Updated on 9th August 2017

Barcelona and Liverpool agree Coutinho price-tag as Brazil star set for unveiling

Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona and Liverpool are reported to have agreed a €100 million price-tag for the transfer of Coutinho who had emerged as the blaugrana summer transfer priority to replace Neymar.

Coutinho was pushing to join Barcelona and according to reports in Spain and Italy, Liverpool have matched their star’s expectations.

Liverpool are reported to have accepted Barcelona’s € 100 million bid. The La Liga giants’ offer includes add ons.

According to Barcelona-based paper El Periodico, the La Liga giants have already prepared the player’s unveiling at the Nou Camp.

The official announcement of Coutinho’s Liverpool move is expected to be released in Friday, when the player will be officially presented to his new fans at the Camp Nou.

MAN UTD & CHELSEA EYE ROBERTO

Sergi Roberto

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto, according to Don Balon.

The Premier League giants could face competition from Monaco, with the Camp Nou outfit demanding €40 million for the player.

MAN UTD & INTER WANT ROSE

Danny Rose

Manchester United and Inter have been put on alert as Tottenham’s Danny Rose looks set for a return from injury, the Mirror reports.

The 27-year-old full-back had been ruled out of a switch due to being out of action following a knee operation, but a return to fitness has the Red Devils and the Nerazzurri weighing up potential bids.

ZLATAN KEEN ON MAN UNITED RETURN

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Jose Mourinho he wants to rejoin Manchester United once recovered from a serious injury, according to the Daily Mail.

The cruciate ligament rupture Zlatan suffered in April curtailed a fantastic debut season at Old Trafford, where he scored 28 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions.

Philippe Coutinho’s agent has already shaken hands with Barcelona over transfer

That’s according to FourFourTwo who say representative Kia Joorabchian shook hands with Barcelona’s man in South America, Andre Cury, in July, over personal terms.

The pair met, along with another agent, Giuliano Bertolucci, in one of Joorabchian’s restaurants in London on July 24 to finalise Coutinho’s wages.

Since then Liverpool have been refusing to sell but FFT claim Coutinho has made it clear to Jurgen Klopp he wants to go – despite claims of the contrary from the Kop.

Barcelona are looking to replace Neymar who joined Paris St-Germain for £198m last week.

But the La Liga giants were interested in Coutinho before that move went through, FourFourTwo  report.

Cury flew out to speak with Neymar to try and convince him to stay after getting the green light over a potential move from Coutinho’s camp.

FFT say Liverpool’s nightmare scenario started playing out after the Brazilian told Klopp he wanted out.

While he has made his wishes clear, Coutinho has told the Kop he has no intention of going to war with them over the transfer, nor will he hand in an official request to leave.

The 25-year-old is keen to head to Barcelona for the glory as much as the financial incentives.

Sources have told FFT that Bertolucci is waiting in Barcelona for the clubs to agree a fee with a delegation prepared to fly to Liverpool to sort the deal out.

Coutinho’s agents are confident a deal will happen with Barcelona preparing to splash £108m (€120m) after their £72m (€80m) opening offer was rejected.

Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona: Liverpool fans want Isco or Ivan Rakitic as replacement

Brazilian international Coutinho is heavily linked with a move to the Catalan club, with reports claiming they have agreed a fee with Liverpool of £82m.

Isco

Jurgen Klopp will want to keep Coutinho on Merseyside, but if a deal was made, who would replace him at Anfield?

One move that has been suggested by some Liverpool fans is the Croatian international Ivan Rakitic, who joined Barcelona in 2014.

He could be used as a makeweight in any deal involving Coutinho, despite featuring 159 times in three seasons for Barcelona.

Petar Soldo suggested on Twitter: “I think @LFC should accept the @FCBarcelona offer for @Phil_Coutinho and look to invest in 3 quality players such as @ivanrakitic.”

Also touted as a possible signing is Ajax’s highly rated Hakim Ziyech, who has scored five goals in his nine appearances for Morocco.

Ryan Baldi said on Twitter: “Talk of Liverpool signing Ziyech to replace Coutinho. Developments he made at Ajax last season make him ideal for creative No.8 role.”

And another potential replacement could be the Real Madrid star Isco, who was linked with the Reds earlier this summer.

He signed for Real Madrid for €30m in 2012 from Malaga, and has since made his debut for Spain, featuring 20 times.

“If our little magician left for Barca I would like Liverpool to go for Isco,” Robbie Williams commented on Twitter.

However one player some fans don’t want to replace Coutinho is the West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini, who has been linked with a move to Anfield.

Adam Turner said on Twitter: “Lanzini is a good player but you can’t replace Coutinho with a good player.”

Liverpool have not agreed £109m deal or held talks with Barcelona over star player

Liverpool have not agreed a £109 transfer fee with Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho despite reports claiming otherwise.

Goal report that there is no deal on the table, in fact they claim that the Reds did not even hold talks with the delegation Barcelona sent to England.

liverpool

Per the source, Coutinho is not for sale.

The Reds rubbished reports that Barcelona officials Raul Sanllehi, Oscar Grau and Javier Bordas travelled to Merseyside for negotiations.

Coutinho has been training with the Liverpool side and put on an impressive display in the 3-0 victory over Hertha Berlin in the Audi Cup.

Barcelona could end up missing out on another target, Juventus attacking midfielder Dybala.

One player that will be pleased with Barcelona failing to land their transfer targets is Arda Turan.

The 30-year-old is currently competing for a place as first-choice attacking midfielder to fill the void left by Neymar.

Turan was Neymar’s backup last season and no replacement has been found for the Brazilian since his move to PSG.

As things stand Turan has a chance of joining Messi and Luis Suarez as part of Barca’s new attacking tridente.

The experienced attacking midfielder does have another three-years remaining on his contract and has made it clear he wants to stay at the club.

JUST NOW Report: Barcelona agree $140 million fee for Philippe Coutinho

Multiple sources in Spain claim that Barcelona have agreed a fee with Liverpool to sign Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho, 25, is said to be the subject of a $140 million (£107m+)  bid from Barca and other reports state the Brazilian playmaker didn’t train with Liverpool on Tuesday after getting treatment on a back problem.

ESPN Deportes claim the initial fee for Coutinho will be $105 million and will rise with add ons to $140 million.

Philippe Coutinho

Per the report a delegation from Barcelona flew to Liverpool on Monday to start negotiations over a deal for Coutinho and the player has reportedly told Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s directors that he wants to leave for the Nou Camp.

This comes after Klopp has repeatedly stated that Coutinho is not for sale.

With Barca having $256 million to spend after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, it is clear they’ve earmarked most of that cash for Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele.

Coutinho’s influence at Liverpool has been considerable over the past four seasons since he arrived from Inter Milan in January 2013 for just $11 million.

Despite missing a large chunk of last season through injury Coutinho still had his best goal-scoring season in the Premier League, grabbing 13 goals and adding seven assists as Liverpool finished in fourth place.

Where would he slot in at Barcelona? Likely just behind Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Not a bad role for Coutinho, especially given his connection with Suarez as they came so close to leading Liverpool to the PL title back in 2013-14.

For Liverpool this would be a huge blow but even club legends are stating that this deal would be simply too good to turn down, both financially for the club and for the player. Coutinho will know that the chance to sign for Barcelona may not come around again during his career.

Liverpool will want to stand firm as they prepare for their two-legged UEFA Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim with Klopp understandably eager to keep hold of his main man.

But when certain clubs come calling it is tough to say no, both for Coutinho and Liverpool.

Barcelona set to sign Philippe Coutinho after agreeing initial £82m fee with Liverpool

Barcelona have been in talks with Liverpool for Coutinho following the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a £200million deal.

And now ESPN claim Coutinho is set to be announced as Neymar’s replacement.

Philippe Coutinho

The Catalan giants are said to have agreed an initial £81.6m fee with Liverpool, which could rise to £108.8m with future bonuses.

Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau reportedly traveled to Liverpool last night to finalise the negotiations.

ESPN add that Coutinho, 25, informed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp earlier today that he wants to leave for Barcelona this summer.

Former Liverpool captain and boss Graeme Souness recently predicted the Reds would struggle to keep hold of Coutinho.

“I don’t think you can [keep him],” Souness told Sky Sports.

“The chance to play for a team that would suit his style of play, I don’t think he can say no to it, as hard as that is for Liverpool to accept.

“Ultimately if he wants to go he will go, as much as the club won’t want him to.

“He’s on a contract but if the big players want to go these days then they get their own way.”

While Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher recently admitted he was confident the Brazilian playmaker would remain at Anfield for the upcoming campaign.

“I don’t think he will go. But he will want to go and wear that shirt,” he told Sky Sports. “Who wouldn’t want to go? It’s Barcelona.

“I’m sure whether it’s this summer or next summer Philippe Coutinho will want to wear that shirt and go to Barcelona. There’s nothing wrong with it. That’s football.”

Coutinho wants Barcelona move; ready to hand in transfer request

Philippe Coutinho has reportedly told Liverpool that he wants to leave Anfield and join Barcelona this summer.

Speculation has been rife that Barca will look to replace Neymar – who joined PSG in a world-record £198m deal last week – with the Brazilian playmaker.

The Catalans are understood to have had bids of £72m and £80m turned down by the Merseysiders, with the Reds desperate to keep hold of their prized asset.

However, sources have told ESPN Brasil that the 25-year-old is willing to hand in a transfer request if it means forcing through a move to the Nou Camp and that he has told the club he wants to leave.

Coutinho’s agents Kia Joorabchian and Sam Kohansal are also thought to have spoken to Barcelona and asked them to increase their bid to £100m in an attempt to break Liverpool’s resolve.

While other reports claim three Barca chiefs have flown into England with the aim of getting a deal done by Tuesday night so he can play against Real Madrid this coming Sunday.

Reds chief Jurgen Klopp has remained adamant that they won’t be entertaining offers for Coutinho, he said recently: “Don’t waste your energy.

“In this moment it’s about transfers and I’ve nothing to say. I cannot talk about this just because a Barcelona guy starts talking.

“Did he say they come to Liverpool and do business? Something like this? They want to come over? They are funny. I don’t want things like this.”

Selling Coutinho To Barca Would Define Liverpool’s Summer!

I fear Liverpool’s hopes of keeping Philippe Coutinho at the club are fading.

EPSN are reporting that a deal has been agreed with FC Barcelona that will see the Brazilian playmaker end up at the Camp Nou.

Philippe Coutinho

That story suggests that Liverpool will get around £81.6m straight away and that figure could increase to £109m through bonuses. To me that’s not a great enough up-front fee, surely Liverpool will want £100m plus from the get go.

If you think that Liverpool went in for Naby Keita from RB Leipzig and couldn’t get him for £66m, it would be foolish to sell Coutinho for under £100m upfront.

So if Liverpool do accept a bid for the international forward, I’d expect it to be higher than that being currently reported.

I also suspect that Coutinho himself will have to be a driving force in getting the deal done.

If he doesn’t actually demand a transfer by handing in a written request, then why should Liverpool sell?

Obviously I can see going to Barca would be attractive for Philippe, the South American players are always  tempted by the big two in Spain. Linking up again with Luis Suarez and playing with Lionel Messi would entice any forward thinking individual. But again he has to make it perfectly clear that he wants out of Anfield and let the fans know. Then he has to deal with the fall-out and accept that Barca have to do a deal with Liverpool.

See Liverpool can ill-afford to lose Coutinho this summer.

They certainly don’t need the money and know that they’ll struggle to find a replacement who can change Premier League games like the Brazilian maestro can.

The club also need to back their manager Jurgen Klopp, who has said that Coutinho will go nowhere. I think the German coach became disillusioned with life at Borussia Dortmund when he saw so many of his star players being sold. The situation is slightly different at Liverpool (financially), so it would be a gut punch to Klopp if he watched Coutinho jump ship with around three weeks left in the transfer window.

You also have to factor in that the Merseyside club have struggled to bring in their main transfer targets so far this summer. They balls up their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk, although they will remain hopeful that they can push that one through. I’ve already mentioned that they’ve not been able to reach an agreement with Leipzig regarding Keita.

So when you take all that into account and then you sell your best player that could be the worst case scenario for Liverpool. Morale at the club could plummet and the fans could turn on the board.

It could be a tricky few weeks for the Anfield outfit but they need to stay strong and stand firm. They can’t allow themselves to be bullied by Barca regarding any fee for Philippe Coutinho and they need to make sure that the attacker publicly states that he wants out!

If those key factors aren’t met then they don’t sell their star man and carry on.

PSG are ready to offer Arsenal over £80m for Alexis Sanchez

Paris Saint-Germain are still in the race to sign Alexis Sanchez this summer and, despite knowing his first preference is Manchester City, feel they can test that position as well as the resolve of Arsenal by putting forward the type of financial package that proves too good to turn down.

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez

The French club have already stunned football by prising Neymar from Barcelona in a world-record £200m deal and sources close to the situation say that only marks the start of what is over the next few years set to be the most ambitious spending spree seen in football.

PSG still want another striker and, while they are also still pursuing Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, have not given up Sanchez.

Arsenal midfielder staying at club despite Leicester bid

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has insisted that he is staying at the club this summer after confirming he rejected a move to Leicester City last month.
Mohamed Elneny
The Egyptian, who joined the Gunners in the January transfer window in 2016, made just the eight starts last season and didn’t play at all in the club’s final eight games of last season.
“I am staying at Arsenal this season,” he said after the Community Shield win. “I am 100 per cent focused and will give my best to the club day after day.”

Dortmund holding firm with Dembele valuation

Borussia Dortmund are holding firm in their valuation of Ousmane Dembele after rejecting a bid from Barcelona.

The French forward is on Barcelona’s shortlist of players who could replace Neymar after the Brazilian swapped the Nou Camp for the Parc des Princes in a world record €222million deal earlier this month.

Dortmund's French midfielder Ousmane Dembele

The Spanish club had an €80million offer for Philippe Coutinho rejected by Liverpool and also made an approach for Dembele.

Catalan paper Sport says Dortmund rejected that bid, understood to be in the region of €70million, as it included too many variables and is also well below what they consider to be his worth.

Sport claims Dortmund want at least €100million and are in fact holding out for closer to €110million.

Leeds defender pens new deal

Leeds have announced that Gaetano Berardi has signed a new three-year deal with the club.

The Swiss full-back has committed at Elland Road until the end of the 2019-20 season and joins Kalvin Phillips and Tyler Denton in signing new contracts with the club in the last week.

The 28-year-old limped out of Leeds’ 3-2 season-opening victory against Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.

Burnley land new keeper

A done deal at Turf Moor next, as Burnley have just confirmed that they have signed goalkeeper Adam Legzdins from Birmingham City on an undisclosed fee.

Adam Legzdins

The 30-year-old former West Brom and Derby stopper is the club’s fifth signing of the summer and has penned a two-year deal with the Clarets.

Barcelona executives traveling to Germany in attempt to sign Ousmane Dembele

The dominoes of the transfer market are starting to fall now that Neymar has completed his shocking move from Barcelona to PSG. The Catalan giants need a replacement, and probably a few other players as well to improve their squad.

Dortmund's French midfielder Ousmane Dembele

The moves they make will influence dozens of other big-name players and clubs across Europe.

According to this report from Mundo Deportivo, Barca’s executives are taking a trip to Germany in an attempt to sign Ousmane Dembele. The story is in Spanish, but here’s a translation:

A delegation from FC Barcelona, with Director General Òscar Grau leading the way, left Barcelona on Tuesday to try to close the signings of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian of Liverpool is the first of the objectives of the club azulgrana in the days of ‘market’ that are coming. The Frenchman of Dortmund is also a priority to replace Neymar.

Also in the expedition is the Director of Football, Raül Sanllehí, and board member Javier Bordas. The Barca expedition has traveled first to Germany and then they will try to finish the one of Coutinho. In England the player and his agent, who have been working for weeks on the move, are waiting.

The idea of the azulgrana club is to face today the operation of Dembéle and if it can, to close today, also the one of Coutinho.

Mundo Deportivo can be hit-or-miss, but they do have reliable journalists with legit sources in Spanish clubs. Fernando Polo, who is reporting this, is one of those credible journalists. It’s safe to assume that this trip is happening, but that doesn’t mean the two sides are anywhere close to a deal.

Barcelona may be interested in Dembele, but Watzke’s asking price will hopefully abate their intent to sign him. Dortmund, as they should, reportedly want more than €100 million for the 20-year-old.

Coutinho seems like a much more likely signing for Barca. He is reportedly willing to put up a stink and refuse to train in order to force a move.

As long as Dembele doesn’t follow Coutinho’s lead and refuse to play for BVB, then the smart bet is that he stays at Dortmund.

But who knows, maybe Barcelona feel like spending an absurd amount of money.

Barcelona officials fly in to ‘finalise’ Philippe Coutinho deal

Barcelona officials are reported to have landed in Liverpool in a bid to finalise a deal to sign Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Barca directors Oscar Grau, Raul Sanllehi and Javier Bordas have arrived on Merseyside to conduct what are said to be ‘final negotiations’ over a move for Coutinho, with a view to the player making his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid this weekend.

Philippe Coutinho

The report is something of a diversion from Liverpool’s repeated position that they will not sell Coutinho for any price this summer, with the Anfield club’s swift rejection of Barcelona’s opening offer for the player last month confirming their desire to hang to their No.10.

Several sources have suggested that Coutinho would be keen on a move to Barcelona, who are eager to add to their squad as they look to spend some of the €222m world record transfer fee they received from the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain last week.

Yet it remain to be seen whether talks over a deal to sell Coutinho as are far advanced as this latest rumour suggests, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stating on several occasions that his club will not consider the sale of any of their star names this summer.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are awaiting developments at Southampton, where their chief transfer target Virgil van Dijk handed in a transfer request on Monday and then released a statement that appeared to end his career at the south coast club.

Southampton remain determined to stand firm on their stance that Van Dijk is not for sale, with their eagerness not to sell the player to Liverpool after the Anfield club staged unsolicited talks with the player and his agent earlier this year as strong as ever.