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Barcelona are close to signing Coutinho: Barcelona Transfer News

Barcelona are close to signing Coutinho: Barcelona Transfer News

"As a manager of a football club I have bosses, and if the bosses decide, for example, we sell a player or we don't sell him, then I have to accept it", he said after the game at Watford. "But this time this is the situation".

"If we go back in time, we'll find out that Brazilians' favourite destination in the '80s used to be Serie A - Zico, Junior, Casagrande, Toninho Cerezo and Socrates all moved there".

"Every time Liverpool try to spend that Coutinho money, a £30m player becomes worth £60m because Liverpool have got a huge amount of money burning a hole in their pocket".

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge will also miss the trip to Germany due to a thigh injury. The team doesn't seem to currently have a plan for their future after the loss of such a big star.

Coutinho moved to Liverpool in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.

Coutinho will not be in the squad for Liverpool's league match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with the club saying he has a back injury.

Barcelona may have been beaten by Real Madrid in Wednesday night's Spanish Super Cup but the Daily Mail reports that the Catalan club are increasingly confident of success in their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho.

"The only thing is I work with the players I have".

When asked whether transfer for Coutinho and Dembele would be in place for the first game of the La Liga season against Real Betis on Sunday, manager Ernesto Valverde responded: 'I don't know'.

So far, Barcelona has been limited to convincing Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande to part with Brazil midfielder Paulinho for 40 million euros ($47 million). He was happy but he wants to move on. The Brazilian star's move to PSG left fans wondering how the team would respond. "But it's the clubs who will have the final say on if we finally achieve those two transfers".

Alexander Arnold opened the scoring for Liverpool in the first half with a brilliant free-kick, reminiscent of his hero Steven Gerrard. "I hope the best players arrive and that they generate competition and give the coach decisions to make".

Never isn't an option for Coutinho right now - but that call isn't in his hands.