Liverpool have tried all they can to rebuff Barcelona’s approaches towards Philippe Coutinho. It may have worked, all be it temporarily as news today suggests Barcelona have now targeted Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen.
The ironic thing is that Spurs are likely to be even more difficult to deal with than Liverpool, especially since Eriksen signed a four-year contract extension in September 2016. Daniel Levy has a selling price for every player, however it’s thought they may have to go beyond £100m, especially as they negotiated a whopping £50m for Kyle Walker when he transferred to Manchester City.
Liverpool’s resolve to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho now looks set to lead to another transfer issue for Tottenham Hotspur, as Barcelona have already made initial moves through intermediaries to try and sign Christian Eriksen.
The Catalan club want to this summer buy an attacking midfielder – and eventual successor to Andres Iniesta – as well as a replacement for Neymar. However, earlier on Friday Liverpool’s owners released a statement insisting that Coutinho will not be sold this summer, which led to a transfer request – however that story is now surrounded in mystery!
“We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.”
“The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.”
Barcelona had already been preparing for another rejection from Liverpool, with the Camp Nou Camp coaching staff is that the Danish international’s link-up play is very suited to Barcelona, they started the process of trying to prise Eriksen from Spurs.