It’s looking more and more likely that Philippe Coutinho will leave Liverpool this summer despite their attempts to fight off Barcelona.
The Blaugrana haven’t been as busy as many would have expected in the transfer market, but the signing of the Brazilian would be a huge statement.
The 25-year-old recorded 13 goals and seven assists in the Premier League last season, yet it wasn’t enough to help the Reds mount a sustained title challenge.
Jurgen Klopp’s side started to tail off at the turn of the year, and Coutinho must be aware that he stands a better chance of winning regular silverware if he heads for the Nou Camp.
According to Catalan publication Sport, the playmaker is willing to take a pay cut to get the deal over the line.
Coutinho only signed a new four-year deal in March and that gave him significantly improved terms at Anfield.
It says a lot about his determination to join Barca that he would give that up to make a move happen.