- Barcelona were heavily linked with a Coutinho move in summer
- Transfer failed to materialise as Liverpool didn’t want to sell
- Reports claim Barcelona will have to pay €145m for the Brazilian international
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Barcelona have been involved in a transfer saga in recent months with speculation continuing to link them with a move for Philippe Coutinho.
As per BBC Sport, the Brazilian playmaker was the subject of three bids over the summer, with the last reaching around £114m.
However, Liverpool refused to sell and so he remained at Anfield, while Barcelona were seemingly forced to wait until the January transfer window to launch a fresh bid to prise him away.
It’s clear to see why Liverpool had no intention of letting him leave, as the 25-year-old has bagged five goals and four assists in 12 games so far this season to continue to show how important he is to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
To reintegrate himself, show professionalism and have a decisive impact for the Reds, that’s arguably more than enough for them to fight even harder to keep him at the club.
In contrast, that’s also a reason why Barcelona are so keen on taking him to the Nou Camp, and Mundo Deportivo believe that the Catalan giants know what it will take to sign the Brazilian international.
While it’s noted that Coutinho remains Barcelona’s top target in the New Year, Liverpool have placed a €145m price-tag on their prized asset, which will surely test Barca’s financial strength.
That’s a lot of money for a player who isn’t quite as decisive as the top individuals in the world in terms of goals and assists, and so it remains to be seen whether or not it’s a repeat situation from the summer.
With Andres Iniesta turning 34 next year though, coupled with many other star names on the wrong side of 30 at Barcelona, a move to lower the average age of the squad is a sensible strategy, but time will tell if Coutinho will be one of those new building blocks.