Barcelona are reportedly planning on reigniting their pursuit of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho having missed out on the Brazilian during the summer.
The Catalan giants failed with three bids of £72million, £90million and £118million as Reds owners Fenway Sports Group stood by an initial insistence that the No.10 would not be sold under any circumstances.
A transfer request from Coutinho himself came to no avail with the playmaker having since returned to action and publicly expressed how honoured he is to be at Liverpool.
Barcelona have now been in contact again to inform Coutinho’s camp that they plan on returning for him in July 2018, according to Brazilian outlet UOL.
The development doesn’t come as news but perhaps more so early confirmation of the mutual belief that Coutinho would become subject to another long-running transfer saga next summer.
Demands for at least one more productive year from the 25-year-old come with an expectation that it will be difficult to fend off Barcelona for a second season in a row.
For now though, Coutinho’s focus will be on fulfilling his personal need to take his game to a world class level in aid of earning any possible move, not to mention spearheading Liverpool’s efforts in both the Premier League and Champions League.
At this moment in time, Barca are the least of the worries.