Liverpool owners give Jurgen Klopp final say on Philippe Coutinho transfer
Barcelona chased Coutinho for much of the summer as a replacement for Neymar, though Liverpool refused all approaches and were adamant he would not be allowed to leave Anfield.
However, that stance is believed to have softened more recently, while Nike even ‘announced’ Coutinho’s move to Camp Nou by advertising Barcelona shirts with his name on them.
And now The Times report that Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, are willing to accept an offer in the region of £133 million, though Klopp would still be allowed to veto it.
Such a massive fee would smash the Premier League transfer record for a sale, but the Reds are under no pressure to sell and they will back Klopp if he decides to block the move.
Coutinho is currently sidelined with a thigh injury and underwent a scan on Tuesday that has confirmed he will miss Friday’s FA Cup derby clash against Everton.
Reports in Spain have suggested that Coutinho is unwilling to play again for Liverpool and fears picking up an injury that could scupper the transfer.
Coutinho is believed to have been told by Liverpool that he would be allowed to leave next summer after his dream move fell through, and never allowed his performances to dip.
In his 13 Premier League appearances this season, Coutinho has scored seven goals and laid on another six assists, while he has also netted five times in the Champions League.
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