Barca worried over Coutinho sale

Barcelona had classified the sale of Philippe Coutinho as a priority this summer, but sources at the Catalan club says there’s concern about the fact they have still not received a single offer for the Brazilian.

With just eight days to go until the transfer window closes in England, Barca are now worried that there will be no bids from Premier League clubs for Coutinho.

Barca paid an initial fee of €120 million to sign Coutinho from Liverpool 18 months ago, with up to €40m more due in possible add-ons.

Sources say it is going to “take a lot” to find someone willing to pay that much for him now, despite the fact the Spanish champions would be prepared to sell for around €105m.

Chelsea saw him as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard, who left for Real Madrid. Intermediaries sounded out the situation at the start of the summer but a transfer ban ended the Blues’ interest.

“In general, Coutinho helps each team in the world, still — 100%,” the Liverpool coach said. “It’s not about that. I like Phil, I think he’s a fantastic footballer and all that stuff, but it would be a big-money signing and it’s not our year for that.

“It’s just not possible. As I said, having him would make each team better — us included — but I really hope that he finds his luck at Barcelona.” –ESPN

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