Barcelona Defender Pique Leads Dressing Room Rebellion Against Philippe Coutinho Move
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique is reportedly angry because Philippe Coutinho is set to get a bigger contract than him, if the club bosses manage to tempt Liverpool to sell the Brazilian in January or next summer.
Barcelona are still keen on roping in the Brazilian with Coutinho reportedly desperate to join Lionel Messi and Co. at the Nou Camp.
The Catalan giants were desperate to sign Coutinho over the summer but despite repeated attempts the La Liga giants failed to convince the Reds to sell their most prized asset.
The Brazilian had handed in an official transfer request but Liverpool turned down Barcelona’s three back-to-back bids for Coutinho and he ended up remaining at Anfield and has now displayed good form for the Premier League club.
Barcelona are reportedly eyeing to launch an initial offer of £127m to tempt Liverpool to sell Coutinho in January, despite Liverpool supposedly not willing to listen to offers in the New Year.
After making it clear he wanted to make a switch to the Nou Camp during the summer transfer window, Coutinho admitted that there is a possibility he will be making the move sooner rather than later.
According to reports this week, Coutinho wants to hold showdown talks with Jurgen Klopp in a bid to push through his move to the Nou Camp.
But his arrival at Nou Camp could cause war in the Barcelona dressing room
Barca superstar Pique is not happy that the club bosses are willing to hand Coutinho a bigger contract than him, according to Diario Gol.
Pique is only behind Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the list of highest earning players at the Nou Camp.
And now it is being said that Pique will hand in a request for a contract extension, with his current deal with Barca set to run out in 2019. This could also instigate Sergio Busquets to ask for a higher wage packet on par with Suarez as a reward for his loyalty to the club.
The report says that Coutinho’s arrival on a bigger contract could spark a battle of egos within the Barcelona dressing room.
PSG are monitoring the availability of the Brazilian star and have reportedly asked his agent to inform them about offers coming from Barcelona.