REVEALED: Shocking Details in Phillipe Coutinho transfer clause which might open door in potential Naby keita Liverpool exit.
Barcelona have been forced to play the waiting game but could be finally ready to negotiate with Liverpool Again.
Camp Nou chiefs are likely to go carefully after being tempted to pay huge sum of £142million in Signing Philippe Coutinho in 2018.
It’s a move which had arguably transformative impacts on both European giants, with Liverpool using the cash to become superpowers once again, while the financial effects are still being heavily felt in Barcelona.
Coutinho haven’t performed up to his transfer fee and it looks increasingly likely that the Brazilian will be on his way out before the end of the January window.
Barcelona have appeared reluctant to do business with the Premier League giants after having a bad deal with the reds – but that could be set to change.
According to a report in Spanish publication El Nacional, Blaugrana boss Xavi is keen on bringing Reds midfielder Naby Keita to the club.
Keita was signed for a reported fee above £50m in the summer of 2018, with a large chunk of the Coutinho money paid to RB Leipzig in exchange.
However, it hasn’t quite happened for the Guinean international, who has struggled to ever enjoy a long enough run in Liverpool’s starting XI to back up his fee with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2023, the next couple of windows look crucial in deciding his long-term future at Anfield.
Either he will follow in the footsteps of team-mates like Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson by signing a new deal, or he will likely be sold while they can still fetch a fee.
According to El Nacional Barca are in pole position to sign the central midfielder at the end of the season.
And the fact that Barcelona are growing in confidence ahead of potential negotiations could point to the expiration of one of Michael Edwards’ biggest masterstrokes in all his time in charge.
The Liverpool sporting director is set to leave his post after ten years at the end of the current season, admitting he had already overseen his last summer window in the club.
His decade at the club has seen them change their approach to transfers, with his near-impeccable record in the market helping to deliver a Champions League and Premier League.
But many will look upon those talks in selling Coutinho as his greatest feat. Not only did he help fetch them a stunning transfer fee, he ensured the La Liga giants wouldn’t be able to repeat the feat even if they wanted to.
Naby Keita has been linked with a move to Camp Nou.
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