Liverpool FC name asking price for Philippe Coutinho – insider
Liverpool FC want €140m (£124m) for Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, according to journalist Duncan Castles
Liverpool FC will demand €140m (£124m) for Philippe Coutinho, according to journalist Duncan Castles.
The Brazilian playmaker’s future is likely to be an intense source of speculation in the coming weeks as the January transfer window draws nearer.
Coutinho was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer window but a switch failed to materialise after Liverpool FC held firm and refused to do business with the Spanish club.
There are bound to be plenty of fresh reports linking Coutinho with a move to Barcelona in 2018 as the speculation about his future continues.
However, journalist Castles claims that there is now a “concern” from Coutinho’s camp that a possible move to Barcelona may not happen because of Liverpool FC’s high asking price.
Speaking on the Transfer Window podcast, Castles said: “Liverpool are still asking for €140m (£120m) for him.
“They (Barcelona) don’t want to go above €100m (£91m) including bonuses for Coutinho.
“So there’s an impasse there and a concern on Coutinho’s side that his chance to get to Barcelona, which he desperately wanted in the summer and did almost everything possible apart from explicitly saying in a press conference that the club were messing him around and wouldn’t let him leave.
“He went all the way down the line and it didn’t happen. He still wants to go.”
Coutinho has scored six goals and made five assists in 12 Premier League games so far this season.
Meanwhile, Coutinho will be expecting to feature for Liverpool FC when the Reds return to Premier League action on Boxing Day with a home clash against Swansea City.
The Merseyside outfit ended up in fourth place in the Premier League table last season in what was Jurgen Klopp’s first full campaign in charge at Anfield.
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