Liverpool supposedly proposed a Coutinho swap deal to Barca

Ruben Hill
December 16, 2017

Andres Iniesta has urged Barcelona to sign Philippe Coutinho as he would be an "important reinforcement" as they look to strengthen their team in January.

The Spanish publication adds that there is also a growing optimism at Barcelona ahead of completing his signing once the transfer window reopens in a deal worth around €145m (£128m, $171m).

Barcelona finally had to abandon the pursuit on deadline day with club president Josep Maria Bartomeu claiming Liverpool asked them to pay €200m.

"We are prepared to sign Coutinho or other players but the proposal has to come from the technical staff".

Meanwhile, from the Liverpool end, it seems likely the club have moved on from Kovacic since they were linked with him years back, and a more likely Coutinho replacement appears Monaco's Thomas Lemar, who remains a top young talent even if his production has suffered this season. But Madrid won't be waiting on whether Liverpool sell Coutinho to Barcelona to deal him if he's surplus to requirements.

Barca pushed heavily to sign the Liverpool star in the summer but saw their advances rejected by Premier League club, despite the Brazilian's desire to make the move.

Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool CEO Peter Moore have been unable to guarantee Coutinho will stay beyond January.

Another Barcelona-based newspaper in SPORT have additional transfer stories about the Nou Camp outfit, and say they are heading to Brazil for a further two targets.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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