ESPN Deportes’ Jordi Blanco is reporting that Barcelona and Liverpool have agreed a deal in principal for Philippe Coutinho. The move would be the first transfer for Barcelona since receiving €222 million from Neymar’s buyout fee.
Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau reportedly went to Liverpool on Monday night to help push the deal through. Liverpool have already rejected a first bid of €80m from Barcelona as they attempted to keep Coutinho for at least the upcoming season.
However, ESPN is reporting that the deal now looks set to go through after Coutinho made it clear to manager Jurgen Klopp that he indeed wishes to leave.
Liverpool have continually refuted reports that Coutinho is for sale with manager Jurgen Klopp previously claiming Barcelona were wasting their energy in efforts to land the Brazilian.
However, if the report is true, it means the second bid with a base fee of €90 million was enough to convince Liverpool to part with their Brazilian star. The entire deal could reach around €120 million with added bonuses.