Barcelona mouthpiece Mundo Deportivo has published another quite insane story on Coutinho’s potential move to Spain.
This time, they’re claiming that Barca have REDUCED their offer to €80m outright (with €30m in add-ons) and hope that Liverpool will accept as soon as January arrives – even though we rejected the same offer just over a month ago..
Halfway through August, Barca offered €92m, roughly, with more than €30m in add-ons (Mirror)…
This is a summary of what journalist Fernando Polo has guffed out…
-Barcelona will make an offer of €80m plus €30m in future incentives at the beginning of January
-They will not meet Liverpool’s ‘barbaric €200m valuation
-The aim of the January deal is to boost Barca’s La Liga and Copa del Rey chances, so his new team-mates can pursue the Champions League with fresh legs
-Coutinho is still in direct contact with Barca players, especially Paulinho (who he knows from Brazil) and ex-Liverpool team-mate Luis Suarez
-The player’s agents are still begging Liverpool to agree to sell and accept Barca’s current offer, as no higher one will be made
Ok, so here’s a list of reasons why this story is probably the most stupid we’ve read on Coutinho, which is saying something considering the multiple lies published during the summer.
-Why would Liverpool suddenly accept an offer they refused to acknowledge six weeks ago?
-Why would Liverpool change our minds halfway through a season?
-Why would we sell our best player before the Champions League knockout stages?
-Coutinho is playing well and has scored three goals in his past three games; he’s not unsettled
-Why do Barcelona believe we’ll give in to their ‘moral high-ground’ regarding Coutinho’s price-tag, when they just made €200m from Neymar?
There’s probably about 200 more reasons as to why we’re not going to sell Coutinho in January, but we’ve listed enough.
We urge Barcelona-fan-journos to find something else to write about. It’s October. Lay off until 2018 at least, for goodness sake.