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Philippe Coutinho edges closer to Barcelona move with the Spanish club 'set for talks' with Liverpool this month

November 14, 2017 11:32 AM
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Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is edging closer to a move to Barcelona with the two clubs set for talks over the Brazilian's future.

The playmaker was blocked from a move away from Anfield in the summer but the Catalan club are yet to give up on signing their man.

Despite his contract at Liverpool running until 2022, Barcelona are looking to sign the 25-year-old in January.

According to Mundo Deportivo, representatives from the La Liga leaders are set to travel to Anfield later this month in order for talks to progress before the January window.

Barcelona's manager Ernesto Valverde wants confirmation on whether or not Liverpool are willing to sell as soon as possible with the Catalan giants facing a busy schedule in the new year.

The boss is keen for the Brazilian to have some time to adapt to the Spanish league and has been buoyed by the player's apparent reluctance to sign for PSG.

Barcelona are expecting to bid an estimated £71 million (80 million euros) with an addition of £26 million (30 million euros) in bonuses to secure the signing.

Barcelona believe the signing of the Liverpool star would be a tactical move to give Andres Iniesta some respite in both the league and domestic cups.

Coutinho has returned to the Liverpool squad following injury and is set to star for Brazil as his side take on England at Wembley on Tuesday night.

A potential teammate of Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, is also expected to be back in action for the club in 2018.

Spanish outlet Sport revealed the club have a special plan for their new signing following his serious injury in September.

The 20-year-old winger has not played since suffering a ruptured bicep muscle in his left leg.

The forward is not expected back to training until January and will be given the whole month to slowly regain full fitness.

The idea is to not rush the youngster and wait until February to re-integrate him into the starting line-up.

Also read: Barcelona 'consider January deal for Arsenal contract rebel Mesut Ozil' as alternative to Philippe Coutinho

Source: dailymail.co.uk

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