Catalan paper Sport has today revealed that Barcelona do have an offer on the table for Brazilian midfielder Coutinho and a loan is now likely.
The player has long been linked with a move back to Anfield as his spell in Barcelona has not exactly gone to plan, however in a recent interview with Melissa Reddy the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp seemed to kibosh the idea of a Couthinho return.
“I like Phil, I think he’s a fantastic footballer and all that stuff, but it would be a big, big, big, big, big, big, big, 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.
However Sport now claim that this offer would allow Coutinho to stay on the same wages that he is currently on and it is hoped if he performs during his loan spell that Barcelona would not lose much on the £140m they spent bringing him to the club, it is also worth noting that previously his agent Kia Joorabchian has stated that the player would find it hard going to another club, speaking on Sky Sports News Joorabchinan said.
“I think Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart, he was a big fan of them throughout the campaign [last season].
“He was wishing for them to win the title and he has a very strong affinity there so I think it will be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool from a personal standpoint.”
Whatever does happen it would now seem that Coutinho is nearing the end of his Barcelona stay that he worked so hard to get.