Philippe Coutinho is among one of the most trending footballer subjected to a transfer this summer.
Barcelona wanted Coutinho after selling his Brazil team-mate Neymar to Paris St-Germain for a world record fee of £200m. “We decided against that”, he revealed.
A reported last-minute move for Argentina star Angel Di Maria failed but Fernandez denied the club is disappointed with their business overall, although he accepted the winger’s PSG team-mate Marco Verratti was a target.
The former Internazionale youngster may have a hard time getting back into Jurgen Klopp’s first XI, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and new signing Mohamed Salah linking up to devastating affect already, this term. “And the new signings will make us more competitive and as strong as we have been in recent seasons”. We have chosen high level players that will help us.
Albert Soler, Barca’s director of institutional relations, said the club’s under-fire board would not put the future of the institution at risk by bending to excessive demands. Liverpool’s instant response was to write directly to Barcelona to reiterate the sentiments of their public statement.
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“Liverpool do not want to answer those claims as nobody is willing to say who made the call or to whom the call was made”.
He also said football was changing as now wealthy countries, rather than the clubs themselves, were calling the shots.
Juventus turned down a €160m Barcelona offer for Paulo Dybala, according to the Corriere dello Sport.
So, if Coutinho’s wish is granted and he ends up moving to Barcelona, Liverpool would not be facing a bad apple situation in their dressing room.
“What has happened in the market this year takes us to a model of football different to the one we are used to”.