Philippe Coutinho has reportedly issued Liverpool with a transfer request, a move that can only be understood as the next step in his ongoing battle to join FC Barcelona during the current transfer window.
The Catalans are believed to have offered up to €100M for Coutinho but, given his importance within the Reds' squad, his current club has refused to allow his to leave for the current La Liga runners-up.
Both Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and club owners Fenway Sports Group have publicly explained that Coutinho will be part of the Liverpool squad for the upcoming season regardless of how much money Barcelona decide to offer to secure the Brazilian's services.
Coutinho, clearly unhappy about the latest developments, has decided to take matters a step further in a desperate attempt to agitate the current situation and force a transfer to the Camp Nou.
Personally, I believe that Coutinho would be a great addition to Barcelona given his undeniable quality, experience in a hugely competitive European league and, at 25 years of age, remarkable potential to improve even further. Having said that, it is clear that Liverpool are totally in charge of the situation as, if they don't want to sell the player, there is nothing Barcelona can do about it.
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