Philippe Coutinho is the crown jewel in the Liverpool line-up this season. The Brazilian has dazzled and made defenders tap dance at his will. He's the focal point of the Liverpool attack and had an amazing season. Coutinho is right up there with the likes of Sergio Kun Aguero or Eden Hazard when it comes to relative importance to their respective teams.
Coutinho boasts amazing dribbling ability, impeccable vision, a knack for goal scoring and he's a set piece specialist too. Having the arsenal of qualities he has, it's only natural that the giant clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona come to him for his services. Liverpool over the years have managed to keep Coutinho but now it seems evident that Philippe is destined to leave for Barcelona. With Iniesta coming towards the end of his influence, Coutinho has the ability to play that role perfectly.
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Since the last two transfer windows, Barcelona has been chasing the signature of Coutinho only to see Coutinho put pen to paper to a new Liverpool contract, much to Barcelona's dismay.
Neymar, the Brazilian teammate of Coutinho has expressed his desire to play with him very publically when he said
"A Premier League player that I would like to have in Barcelona is Coutinho," he said last month.
"I believe Philippe Coutinho is a player that would totally fit in Barcelona."
Coutinho did answer the media outrage over Barcelona's prior interest by signing a new contract which ensures his services till 2022. Although that still doesn't guarantee that he'll be staying, this would definitely inflate the price.
Liverpool have reportedly negotiated a deal with Barcelona for a rumored sum of about £76 million
Barcelona are yet to make anything official, but it is rumored that the official talks will begin from the get go when transfer market opens officially on Jun 1.
Sport claim that the Brazil international is one of Barca's top targets for the upcoming transfer window and have already held preliminary talks with the player's camp.
The Spanish champions have not yet entered direct negotiations with Liverpool but will approach the Premier League club after the season has finished.
Sport also claim that Coutinho's desire to join Liverpool could play a decisive factor in the potential transfer.
Barcelona would not be willing to meet Liverpool's £76m asking price, and the midfielder would need to push for a move away from Anfield in order to make the deal happen.