Guillem Balague delivers very latest update on Philippe Coutinho for Liverpool fans
Guillem Balague delivers the latest news on the speculation linking Philippe Coutinho with a move from Liverpool to Barcelona
Guillem Balague has told Liverpool fans that Barcelona are not as close to signing Philippe Coutinho as has been made out in recent days.
The Brazilian playmaker’s future has been a relentless source of speculation in recent days after Barcelona apparently made him one of their top targets this summer.
The situation got even more complicated for Liverpool last week when Coutinho himself was reported to have handed in a transfer request in an attempt to push through a move to Barcelona.
Barcelona are still thought to be keen on signing Coutinho but Liverpool remain adamant that the playmaker is not for sale at any price, according to Balague.
And the Spanish football expert has now given the latest news on the reports linking Coutinho with a possible move to Camp Nou this summer.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Balague said: “This is exactly what Segura said: ‘We are negotiating the details for Coutinho and Dembele. We are close, that is obvious, but until everything gets fully confirmed, you cannot say anything else.’
“Reading between the lines, he is trying to say – and I have spoken to all the relevant sources – that Barca want both players and they are in talks with their representatives. Not more than that. Even though if you take a sentence from it out of context it sounds different.
“It means they still need to do deals with the clubs and that will not be easy, in fact, it is far from being a close deal if you analyse the situation right now.
“Borussia has said that Barcelona have not got any close to their price tag for Dembele, €150m (£136m), and there is no price for Coutinho. That’s where the situation is at the moment.
“Liverpool insist they will not sell and they have no intention of meeting Barca right now, despite all the false stories about meetings between clubs coming from the Catalan press, which the club have no influence about.”
Liverpool, who finished fourth to secure Champions League qualification last term, kicked off the new Premier League season with a 3-3 draw against Watford at Vicarage Road last weekend.
Jurgen Klopp’s men will be hoping to wrap up their first win of the Premier League campaign when they take on Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.