It was one of the biggest sagas of the last transfer window, with Liverpool continually rebuffing Barcelona’s attempts to sign their Brazilian star Philippe Countinho. Now it looks like the Catalans may finally get their man in January – provided they come forward with a reasonable offer.
According to reports in Spain, Countinho, who is said to be very keen on the move, has now reached an agreement with the hierarchy at Anfield which will allow him to leave for Spain once the transfer window opens.
However, it is not clear what Liverpool would consider a reasonable offer for the player, as the largest of the bids they rejected in the summer was reported to be in excess of £110 million.
Coutinho, who is sure to feature in the World Cup for Brazil next summer, missed the first month of this season with injury. However, since his return to the side, he has scored on his last 3 appearances for Liverpool.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.