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Barcelona Admit That Philippe Coutinho Transfer ‘Difficult’ Due To Lack Of Release Clause In Liverpool Star’s Contract

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Barcelona are finding it difficult to rope in Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho because he does not have a release clause in his current contract with the Reds, the club’s sporting director Robert Fernandez has admitted.

Barca are frustrated that the Brazilian has no release clause

The Brazilian attacking midfielder is forcing a move to Barcelona after Liverpool rejected two bids from the Catalan giants, who are desperate to land Coutinho following Neymar’s world-record move to PSG.

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The midfielder has been the subject of two bids from La Liga giants Barcelona – £70m and £90m – but both have been rejected by Liverpool.

Earlier last week, the Reds had issued an official statement saying that Coutinho would not be allowed to leave but the Brazilian playmaker has handed in a transfer request in order to force trough a move to Barcelona.

Coutinho wants to join Barcelona

However, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that nothing has changed regarding the future of the Brazilian attacking midfielder.

Jurgen klopp says Philippe Coutinho’s current situation remains the same

Both Klopp and the club’s bosses have maintained their stance, insisting that the player is not for sale.

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According to reports, the Catalan giants are set to launch a tempting third bid, but Liverpool are digging their heels in over the Brazilian playmaker and have accentuated that they will not allow him to leave this summer, despite the fact that he handed in a transfer request.

Barca’s £180million pursuit of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele is now on the verge of completion, according to Barcelona general manager Pep Segura

This comes after Barcelona general manager Pep Segura revealed that their £180million pursuit of Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele is now on the verge of completion.

After suffering a humiliating 5-1 defeat against arch rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup, Segura revealed deals for Coutinho and Dembele are ‘close’.

But Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez was not so confident as he spoke about a “very difficult situation”.

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“Not just Barca but any team looking for top quality players are getting involved in a very difficult situation in this market,” Fernandez said.

“Why? Because the market is where clubs like us want to sign top quality players. There’s no buy-out clauses so that makes things trickier.”

“Yes, we are negotiating with clubs to make several signings, but in all awareness of the difficulty. We need to work our way into a favourable situation and hopefully close these deals as quickly as possible.”

Klopp has repeatedly insisted that Coutinho is not for sale

“Dembele and Coutinho are two important players that we like a lot and have done for a long time. They have the conditions, the right age and could adapt to our football. They would be good to have here. That’s the reality.”

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“With respect to Liverpool and Dortmund, when there are negotiations you need time, you need to work things into a favourable situation for players and ourselves.”

Barcelona general manager Pep Segura had claimed deals for Dembele and Coutinho are ‘close’

“We still have days ahead of us, would like to move things faster, but do admit they’re two players we would like here. But it’s the clubs who will have the final say on if we finally achieve those two transfers.”

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Barcelona are now desperate to add more reinforcements in the attacking department as quickly as possible following Luis Suarez’s knee injury in the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid. The Uruguayan forward will be sidelined for four to five weeks.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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