There are reports that Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho would go on strike in order to force a dream move to Catalan side Barcelona. The club lost one of their most prolific attackers in Neymar Jr. to Paris St-Germain this summer. The club has been linked with several players who will serve as a replacement and a boost to the team.
Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho, Nice Midfielder Jean-Michael Seri and others were named as additions after the club signed Brazilian Paulinho from a Chinese Super Lig side. Coutinho sees Barca as a dream club but Liverpool are not having it, particularly this late into the new season.
The Brazil international plays a major role in the team and his absence could be detrimental to their hopes for a title this term. While the team has been managing to get the results so far, Coutinho’s return should offer significant boost. However, with recent happenings there are fears his contributions may not be at full strength if the club can force him to stay.
Barcelona submitted bids of £72 million and £90 million. There is a reported bid of £100 million, all of which Liverpool have turned down, insisting that the player was not on the market. Coach Jurgen Klopp has vehemently condemned thoughts that the player could leave and the owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) maintain a similar stance.
Coutinho had turned it a transfer request which was dismissed so there are reports that he has turned to strike action to show his seriousness at leaving the club. The 25-year old does not want to lose the opportunity, with reports claiming Barca might step down their interest in Seri. Dembele is a serious contender and getting him at a record fee might close the door on Coutinho’s hopes.