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Iniesta talks up Coutinho to Barcelona links

Andres Iniesta has opened up about Barcelona’s interest in Liverpool play-maker Philippe Coutinho.

The long rumoured interest from Barca in the Brazilian international almost saw a summer move come to life, but Anfield bosses held strong and rejected such bids from the Catalan giants.

Further interest has emerged and it is reported that a January bid is being prepared with Barca boss Ernesto Valverde keen to build on his impressive start to both the domestic and European season.

Coutinho, is said to have already agreed terms to move to the Camp Nou and the date of January 6th is now in various media outlets.

Iniesta, who Coutinho has been linked with being the successor – has commented on the interest from his club on the former Espanyol man.

“I see him as a great associative player, with a lot of talent, who uses both feet. He makes goals, combines very well and plays between the midfielders and forwards,” he told Mundo Deportivo.

“He is a player with a profile quite like ours and would be a great signing if he finally arrives.

“I do not see him as my competition but as a boost for the club.”

Coutinho has previously played in Spain with Espanyol, having enjoyed a loan spell with the Catalan club whilst with Italian side Inter Milan.

Since arriving at Liverpool, the midfielder has been a major player for the Anfield based club, helping them reach the Champions League this season.

Whilst his future in England is not fully known, some reports have claimed that a £133m deal has been agreed between both clubs.

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