Catalan newspaper Sport believes that Liverpool are prepared to sell Philippe Coutinho, but that any deal will have to replicate the deal they made themselves to sign Naby Keita from Red Bull Leipzig.
That will involve Coutinho remaining at Anfield for the 2017/18 season and then joining Barcelona after the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.
Barcelona officials are still pushing to try to seal a deal today, on the Spanish deadline day, but are aware that Liverpool are still refusing to even name a price for the Brazilian.
Despite having been out with a supposed back injury for Liverpool’s first five fixtures of the season, Coutinho starred for Brazil against Ecuador on Thursday night. The playmaker scored an impressive goal and was one of the best performers on the night, showing no sign of discomfort.
Coutinho was clearly emotional, crying when he celebrated his goal, but that may not be enough to secure a summer move to Barcelona this year.
The player and his friends and family are reportedly furious with how they have been treated by the Reds, but they may have to remain on Merseyside for a further year unless there is a late twist on Friday and Liverpool change their stance.