It’s the news that most Liverpool fans expected, but wished they wouldn’t hear. After months of speculation a deal has been agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho. Barcelona is the next destination for the talented Brazilian.
This transfer saga kicked off during last summer’s transfer window. Liverpool went on to reject 3 bids from the Catalan giants, much to the joy of their fans. However it seems that after another few months of mesmerising performances from the little magician, Barcelona have opened the cheque book and have got their man.
The fee has been reported as being €160m, which is a tidy profit on the £8.5m Liverpool paid Inter Milan back in 2013. However the loss of a player of his quality will leave a big hole to fill going forward. Liverpool must now try to find a way to minimise the impact this will have on their season.
It’s believed that a large chunk of this money has already been used to fund the signing of Virgil Van Dijk. What they do with the remainder of it remains to be seen. Liverpool are currently being linked with Monaco’s exciting winger Thomas Lemar. This could prove to be a good replacement, given the quality of his performances for Monaco and France over the past 18 months. However the French club are reportedly only willing to listen to offers in excess of £80m. There are a number of clubs interested, so that could rise even higher before any deal is done…