Time is running out and Liverpool are refusing to be moved – they will not negotiate with Barcelona for the sale of Philippe Coutinho.
With less than 48 hours remaining of the transfer window in England, the chances of a deal taking place are edging towards impossible, but Barcelona remain hopeful that a last-minute agreement can be reached.
One of the reasons for Barcelona’s optimism is that Livepool’s recent activity in the market suggests they are planning for life without the Brazilian. They have signed Naby Keita, although he will not arrive until 2018, and are also looking at Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.
Though Liverpool have not confirmed it, several English media speak of a closed agreement for 160 million euros (fixed sum + variables).
Apparently a medical team from Liverpool are on the way to Monaco to complete the process for Lemar and have already communicated to Coutinho that they are going to sell to Barcelona this week, announced once his replacement is signed.
Barcelona are still waiting, but they face a problem with such limited time remaining in the window, as if Liverpool in the end refuse to budge, they will have nowhere else to turn.
Even their pursuit of Angel Di Maria is going slower than planned, and the arrival of the Paris Saint-Germain player is becoming increasingly unlikely as well.
Coutinho and Di Maria are the two players that the Catalans want this summer, but there is still a chance that neither of them will arrive at the Camp Nou before the window shuts.