So looks like Philippe Coutinho’s future will be once again the most talked point during the transfer window.
And if reports are to be believed, the long talked move is set to be completed this month.
It is said that the player is once again ready to force a move, with Barca willing to offer 130million pounds for his services.
It’s almost the same story as last summer, a lot of talk but in the end Coutinho remained at Anfield.
However, given the intensity of speculations just three days after the window was open, seems highly likely that the Brazilian will finally materialise his dream move.
Many reports suggest that an agreement could be reached for more than 100million pounds, but Marca are claiming that the deal could be as high as 150million euros.
And if that were to be true, Barcelona would break three transfer records as a result.
1) WORLD RECORD FOR THE LARGEST JANUARY TRANSFER FEE
Liverpool broke this record just a few days ago as they signed Virgil Van Dijk for £75 million, but the fee Barcelona pay for Coutinho could be almost twice as much.
2) BARCELONA’S LARGEST TRANSFER FEE
Neymar’s departure last summer to Paris Saint-Germain meant they had a lot of money to spend – and they spent a large chunk of it as they splashed out 105m euros on Ousmane Dembele from Dortmund. The fee for Coutinho could be even higher.
3) RECORD FOR A JANUARY TRANSFER FEE IN SPAIN
Given how much prices of players has escalated in recent years, it is surprising that the current largest fee a Spanish club has paid in January is at only 27m euros – what Real Madrid paid Ajax for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in 2009. The fee for Coutinho could be over five times as much. //Actuantes//