After a summer of speculation regarding the Brazilian playmaker’s future, Barcelona and Coutinho have finally come to terms with the fact that he will remain at Liverpool, according to Guillem Balague.
As reported by Sky Sports, Barcelona have a huge offer ready if Liverpool show any indication that they are willing to negotiate before the Spanish transfer window closes at midnight on Friday.
However, the Reds have maintained all summer that their star is not for sale, and it seems both the player and the La Liga outfit are finally beginning to accept the news.
Barcelona had three bids rejected by Klopp’s side, the latest of which totalling £113 million. As revealed by Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, Barca and Coutinho have conceded defeat.
In English: nothing new really. FCB and Coutinho entourage have finally accepted there is no way Coutinho is leaving. It took them some time
— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) September 1, 2017
Coutinho was determined to switch Anfield for the Camp Nou this summer, but Klopp stood his ground. Now it seems Valverde will continue his La Liga campaign with no new reinforcements, despite reports linking Mesut Ozil to the Catalan side.
The Spanish journalist also commented on the likelihood of that operation by saying: ‘I’m convinced that, if FCB had put on table, with enough time, €60m for Ozil they would have got him. But they say he’s not what they need’.
Time is running out for Barcelona, and Valverde may just have to settle for what he has. At least until January…