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Philippe Coutinho nearing Liverpool exit, pushing for January move to Barcelona

The ongoing speculation regarding Philippe Coutinho‘s Liverpool future seems to be close to a resolution, with reports that Barcelona are to offer over €150 million for a January move.

Coutinho sat out the weekend win over Burnley and is likely to miss the FA Cup third round match against Everton, with the club reporting an injury for the Brazilian.

That hasn’t stopped rumours from continuing that Barcelona’s long-standing interest is a factor in the Brazilian’s absence from the team-sheet, though.

Now just a few days into the January transfer window, more concrete reports have emerged that the Catalan side will mount a massive offensive to get the deal done this month.

Goal.com’s Melissa Reddy states that Barca are “finalising an offer in excess of €150 million,” or around £135m, in a bid to ensure they capture Coutinho now instead of at the end of the season.

BERLIN, GERMANY - Saturday, July 29, 2017: Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho Correia during a preseason friendly match celebrating 125 years of football for Liverpool and Hertha BSC Berlin at the Olympic Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds would reportedly receive around €120m up front for their No. 10, with the remainder paid in add-ons.

Reddy reports that Barcelona were considering doing the deal now for a summer move, no doubt preferable to Reds fans as they look to see the team compete in the Champions League knock-outs as well as secure a top-four finish.

However, both buying club and the player himself want the move to happen now, making a move seem inevitable after months of speculation across two transfer windows.

The move would make Coutinho the third most expensive player in world history, behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappe (when his move becomes permanent), both of whom signed for PSG last summer.

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