Philippe Coutinho has agreed a mega contract with Barcelona but the La Liga leaders haven't agreed a deal with Liverpool FC, according to reports in Spain. The club has also been heavily linked with Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann but that deal may have hit a snag with Atletico reportedly lodging an official complaint to Federation Internationale de Football Association over Barcelona tapping-up the Frenchman.
The Catalan sports press have given a Brazilian focus to their front covers, not for the first time, with Paulinho and Coutinho making the headlines.
According to the report, the Brazilian will make the switch to the Camp Nou in January and sign a five-year contract worth almost €12m-a-year. Whether the Reds are willing to let go of their marquee player is another factor in the transfer saga.
Diario Gol says the Croatia global can't see how he and Coutinho can play in the same midfield - and given the mooted price-tag it will be he who must make way. Coutinho will not be eligible to play in the Champions League for Barcelona this season as he has already represented Liverpool in Europe.
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"Neither Emre nor Phil has given me, for one second, the impression that they are not interested in what we are doing here".
"As long as nobody comes to me and says he's gone or has signed a new contract".
The Brazilian nearly switched to the La Liga, only Liverpool but reluctant to listen to any offers about him.
He has since returned to the fold at Anfield and continues to impress under Jurgen Klopp, and Barca's interest has apparently not waned. However, it remains to be seen whether the group remains united till the end of the season, with the Blaugrana lurking.