Coutinho needs 'war' to force Barca move — Liverpool legend

Virgil van Dijk

GETTY Virgil van Dijk has handed in a transfer request at Southampton

Now, it remains to be seen now if he is the one who replaces Neymar in real life as well, at Barcelona.

When Scholes was asked where he would like to see Coutinho playing come September, he replied with a smile, "Hopefully, Barça".

The Blaugarana will return in the coming days to seal the operation, on Tuesday or Wednesday, knowing their financial power is unquestionable after receiving £200m. And the general public should be inclined to believe him.

So what are you waiting for?

There is then a bonus package which has the potential to see the Reds rake in a further £27.2m in extra payments over the duration of his time with Barca. There's nothing wrong with it. That's football.

Of course, in the modern transfer era, one cannot be certain of anything until an official announcement is released by both clubs.

Sakho, 27, played eight games for Palace after making his debut for the club against Middlesbrough in February.

Reports in Brazil and Spain suggested a £109m transfer had been verbally agreed and that Coutinho was mere hours away from being confirmed as a Barcelona player.

"They wanted Virgil van Dijk, they wanted Keita". If they sell Coutinho they are going to have to start again. They have every right and ability to refuse a sale, and a fee of €90m, even with added bonuses, isn't quite so blockbuster to leave only one answer. So the money is there, they do not need the money.

The Mail states that Liverpool have already turned an £80m bid from the Catalan giants.

Jamie Redknapp, however, has doubts about whether Coutinho will stay at Anfield this season.

The former Reds midfielder told Sky Sports News: "I don't think you can [turn Barcelona down]".

You've seen it all over Twitter today. Likely just behind Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Very difficult to turn down.

But does the mean the deal is happening?

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