- Liverpool could relax stance on Coutinho next summer
- Balague adamant no January sale to Barcelona will happen
- Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp could lose Emre Can on free, Juventus move close
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Liverpool could change their stance on Philippe Coutinho next summer, but have made no suggestion a January exit for Barcelona is possible.
That’s according to Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who was asked about the Brazilian playmaker’s situation with the January transfer window around the corner.
As noted by BBC Sport, the Catalan giants made three bids to sign Coutinho this past summer, but failed with each one as Liverpool rejected all offers as they were determined not to sell their prized asset.
That’s turned out to be a great decision so far this season with the 25-year-old continuing to be a key part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, scoring nine goals and providing seven assists in just 15 appearances.
In turn, selling him in January would make no sense as Liverpool will want him to stick around and help them achieve their objectives this season. That seems to be the line that Balague has been given from his sources, with no discussions taking place over a January deal.
“Liverpool’s stance is the same, right now they don’t want to negotiate with Barcelona,” he wrote in his Sky Sports column. “They are not sitting down with Barcelona and are not setting a price for him. In the summer, it will be a different story, but they have no intention of selling him right now.”
Emre Can ready to seal move to Juventus next year
Meanwhile, there’s bad news for Liverpool fans too as Tuttosport claim that midfielder Emre Can has given the green light to a move to Juventus himself following further talks in Turkey.
The 23-year-old becomes a free agent at the end of the season with his Reds contract set to expire, and while he can reach a pre-contract agreement from January 1 onwards with a foreign club, as per the rules, Juve will want to wrap the deal up and get signatures sooner rather than later.
It’s a big blow for Klopp to lose Can, especially on a free transfer too, as the German international had been a regular fixture in his plans and has such a long way to go in his career to improve and develop further which could ensure he proves to be a huge loss for the Merseyside outfit if he does indeed depart.