30 August 2017

Liverpool agree £148million deal with Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho as Reds step up chase for Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

LIVERPOOL have agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in a £148million deal, according to reports.

The Brazilian winger has been pushing for a move to the Nou Camp after being lined up by the La Liga club as a replacement for Neymar.

Liverpool have reportedly agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho would help replace Neymar who left Barcelona for PSG

And Yahoo Sport are now claiming that Coutinho, 25, has been told on international duty that Reds owners Fenway Sports Group have finally accepted his request to leave.

The report suggests the Merseyside club have asked Barca to delay announcing the deal to allow them to secure a replacement.

That could see them make another bid for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar after having two bids rejected.

And wantaway Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could also be on the move to join Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Liverpool have already agreed a £48m deal for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, who will spend the rest of the season on loan at the German club before moving to Anfield.

Coutinho has not played for Liverpool since August and missed training with an injury before illness saw him ruled out for the club.

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Philippe Coutinho was reportedly told on international duty with Brazil that he was allowed to leave

But he was declared as fit and in “perfect condition to play” after linking up with the Samba Boys in South America.

The report continues to say that Reds chiefs hope some big name replacements for Coutinho will help appease fans over the sale of who many people say is their star man.

Oxlade-Chamberlain looks like the most likely to join after reportedly snubbing a move to Chelsea.

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Philippe Coutinho has not played for Liverpool since August through injury and illness
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Watch Liverpool target Thomas Lemar's best goals for AS Monaco
Jurgen Klopp had stressed that Philippe Coutinho was not for sale

But Yahoo Sport also claim Monaco are willing to flog France international Lemar for the right price.

Virgil van Dijk — who handed in a transfer request to Southampton — is still being linked with a move to the North West.

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