Philippe Coutinho has reportedly rejected a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur, causing Spurs to pull out of any deal. Liverpool now have a chance of a great deal, if they want it.
The fact remains that Barcelona are actively trying to sell a player they originally bought for £142m. That was just 18 months ago, of course, but as the Standard say, they need money to move for Neymar.
Time is running out for them. The most likely destination appears to be the Premier League, whose window closes on Thursday evening.
But it really looks like Liverpool are the last ones standing. Chelsea can’t sign anyone, Arsenal are reportedly focusing their efforts elsewhere, and Coutinho’s agent ruled out a move to Manchester United last month.
There’s Manchester City, of course – although, nothing has ever suggested they’re interested.
And so, if Liverpool would take Coutinho back, they’d have Barcelona in a promising position. Needing to sell to get their own business done, running out of time and options – it would be on Liverpool’s terms.
It really just depends if Liverpool even want to bring Coutinho back. There’d be a place for him, what with Harry Wilson’s departure, and he’d obviously be a quality addition.
But then, Liverpool improved once he’d left, finding that a front-three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane didn’t just work – it was the best in the world.
They look content with their business this summer – as little as there is. But if they do think they could find the room and money for Coutinho, the ball may be in their court.