Brazil soccer coach Tite has told midfielder Philippe Coutinho to play for whatever club would make him happy and complained that transfer speculation had affected the national squad’s preparations for Thursday’s match against Ecuador.
But Barcelona could decide to trigger that clause if their pursuit of Coutinho ends in failure and have the necessary funds given their world record sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for £198million.
Coutinho has not appeared in Liverpool’s first five matches of the 2017-18 season as he looks force a move to Barcelona after handing in a transfer request.
The Liverpool forward, linked to a move to Barcelona, has yet to play a minute in the Premier League this season.
And Sky Sports News reporter Solhekol has now delivered the latest update for Liverpool fans about Coutinho’s situation. If he stays at Liverpool. Where does this all leave him? The Catalan club will reportedly pay up to €160 million (around £147 million) for the Brazilian winger/attacking midfielder.
Dybala is a top talent with the potential to get even better, and he’d be an outstanding buy for any side in the world.
Back problems and a bout of illness are behind Coutinho’s Liverpool absence, though his doctor in Brazil contradicted this by claiming the player was suffering from stress brought about by uncertainty over his future.
“We’re told that Coutinho is still desperate to go to Barcelona”.
Juve paid just €40m to sign him from Palermo two years ago and the Argentina worldwide has gone from strength to strength.
Liverpool have signed four players so far this summer after having tied up deals for Mohamed Salah, Dominic Solanke, Andy Robertson and Naby Keita.