Report: Barcelona reach agreement in principle for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho

By  - Aug 08, 2017

According to ESPN Brazil, Liverpool have reached an agreement in principle with Barcelona over the transfer of Philippe Coutinho.

The report claims that Barcelona will pay a base fee of £81.6 million which could rise to £108.8 million if the bonuses and add-ons are taken into account.

Coutinho’s departure will serve as a massive transfer blunder from Liverpool should the deal go through.

When the Neymar saga was taking shape, Barcelona quickly identified Coutinho as his natural replacement and moved accordingly.

Why did Liverpool wait so long to come to a decision for Coutinho? With the 2017/18 Premier League season less than a week away, why involve in a big money transfer now?

It will serve as a huge blow to Jurgen Klopp, who has repeatedly insisted that he won’t part ways with his star player. The Brazilian is key to his system, and losing him now will disrupt the preparation ahead of the upcoming season.

If Liverpool owners were tempted by the money being offered, why didn’t the club sign the right profile players beforehand as replacement, similar to strategy set by Ronald Koeman this summer?

It seems like Coutinho is heading towards Spain. He is a fantastic player and would be a terrific addition to the Catalan club.

From Liverpool’s point of view, they will have funds to bring in quality players. Coutinho is replaceable. What should concern Liverpool fans is the ‘timing’ of the transfer.

It will also make it difficult for Liverpool to sign players at the right price, as selling clubs are bound to demand a high transfer fee.

When will the new owners learn their lesson? Will they ever?