Jack Hallows attempts to piece together the latest information on Philippe Coutinho and whether he’s staying or going this summer.
Honestly who gives a sh*t what half the rumours are saying.
Philippe Coutinho is staying at Liverpool Football Club until at least next summer.
I wish that was the end of it honestly but as we know, transfer sagas are never that simple are they?
We’ve had all manner of reports today on the Brazilian and it’s not even 1pm.
The club released an official statement earlier today to reaffirm their stance that the Brazilian playmaker is not for sale and will not be for sale any time soon.
That’s that right?
Sky Sports followed this with a tweet at 12.21pm claiming that the Brazilian had decided to hand in a transfer request, officially asking the club to let him go to Barcelona. Cue panic, hysteria and thousands of “#FSGOUT” tweets.
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 11, 2017
To be fair, my heart was in my mouth for literally a minute because that’s how long it took for a plethora of reliable Liverpool focussed journalists to completely squash the reports like a stuck fly.
I’ve been told it is “not true” that Phil Coutinho has handed in a transfer request#LFC
— Melissa Reddy (@MelissaReddy_) August 11, 2017
#LFC adamant that they haven’t received a transfer request from Philippe Coutinho
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 11, 2017
Gotta love the silly season.
The player himself is said to have been exemplary in his attitude of late and outlets have recently claimed he has done everything asked of him by manager Jürgen Klopp in an effort to keep the spirits high in the dressing room.
The majority of said reports claimed that the Brazilian was hopeful a move could be deemed possible but only if the two clubs came together amicably for negotiations.
It’s said that the player has been nothing but respectful of the wishes of both his manager and his current employers after Liverpool afforded him a chance to reignite his career back in 2013.
Barcelona are said to be weighing up their options and seem to have kidnapped Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé in the process. The Catalans are said to only be able to afford one of the pair and if they do in fact move for the French winger, it could rule out any chance of them signing Coutinho in the process.
I’d love to say that’s that but I’m sure there’ll be more to come in the next few days.