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Liverpool agree to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona - on one condition

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The English transfer deadline window has now closed but you can’t blame Liverpool fans if they’re still a little bit anxious.

With Spain’s transfer deadline not until midnight on Friday, there’s still every chance that Barcelona will finally get their man - Philippe Coutinho.

It’s being reported that the Catalan club are readying a £138 million bid for the Brazilian who has handed in a transfer request at Liverpool in a bid to force through a move.

The midfielder hasn’t played for the Reds this season after complaining of a back injury. However, he was fit enough to represent his country on Thursday night, coming off the bench and scoring during Brazil’s 2-0 victory over Ecuador.

Coutinho looked clearly emotional after his goal as his transfer saga rumbles on.

But something will have to give on Friday. Will Barca get their man? Or will Liverpool hold firm?

Well, actually, there could be a compromise.

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Liverpool agree to sell Coutinho

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Liverpool are ready to sell Coutinho to Barcelona.

But there’s a catch - he won’t join until next summer.

Liverpool struck a similar deal with RB Leipzig over the transfer of Naby Keita and it seems they’re happy to do the same with the departure of Coutinho.

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However, Barca want Coutinho NOW.

They will continue to negotiate with Liverpool over the transfer and will try to convince the Merseysiders to let them have Coutinho with immediate effect.

But with Liverpool failing to sign a like-for-like replacement this summer, it seems unlikely they will give in with just hours remaining of the window.

Instead, it will be a case of Coutinho out, Keita in at Anfield next summer after the World Cup in Russia.

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Philippe Coutinho
Jordan Henderson
Jamie Carragher
Football
Premier League
Steven Gerrard
Liverpool
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
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