While the Premier League nurses a collective headache after yesterday’s madcap Deadline Day, Liverpool are bracing themselves for one last assault on their wallets. Barcelona, with the rest of today to make the deal happen, are confident of bringing Philippe Coutinho, 25, to the Camp Nou after a tortuous summer.
The Spanish transfer window closes at midnight tonight and the Blaugrana are preparing a £148m bid for the Brazilian midfielder. With World Cup Qualifiers under way and the player in South America, the club’s agents are standing by with paperwork ready to be signed.
Reports in the Daily Express this morning claims the two clubs reached an agreement yesterday but ran out of time to effect the deal. However, that runs contrary to the statements the Reds put out as the English transfer clock wound down.
Indeed, Sport reports that the two clubs reached an agreement for a sale next summer, after the World Cup in June. The Spanish Daily claims that “sources from Fenway Group” – Liverpool’s owners – want to replicate the deal struck with RB Leipzig over Naby Keita, 22.
Having missed recent Liverpool matches through a stress-related back injury, Coutinho responded to the situation with an incredible strike against Ecuador which confirmed Brazil’s place at Russia 2018.