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Philippe Coutinho’s ‘dream club’ won’t impress Liverpool OR Barcelona fans

An interview with the Brazilian magician from 2008 has surfaced and it won't go down too well with either fanbase

Philippe Coutinho will either be a Liverpool or Barcelona player come the close of the transfer window later this week.

The Brazilian playmaker has been the subject of a enduring tug of war scored all summer with the Catalans still confident of landing their prime target for a whopping £140m.


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Reports claim Liverpool are finally set to allow Philippe Coutinho to join Barcleona

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Reports claim Liverpool are finally set to allow Philippe Coutinho to join Barcleona

But, according to an interview with Marca back in 2008, neither side are Coutinho’s ‘dream club.’

Coutinho, alongside compatriot and best pal Neymar, indeed told the Spanish news outlet that Real Madrid would be his club of choice.

“The Spanish League [is the best] because in it are the best players in the world, like Robinho and Ronaldinho,” he said.

Coutinho and Neymar are very close at Brazil

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Coutinho and Neymar are very close at Brazil

Both were then asked the same question: Which is your dream club?

Coutinho: “Real Madrid. It is the best team in the world.”

Neymar: “Real Madrid.”

Given Barcelona were in the middle of an entirely unprecedented era of dominance masterminded by Pep Guardiola at the time, those comments don’t really have much substance.

But it does emphasise the pull factor of Spain and, in particular, Madrid to South American players.

Barca boss Ernesto Valverde will have to match the £135m price valuation if he wishes to sign the youngster this summer

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Ernesto Valverde will be hoping to wrap up the Coutinho deal this week

Coutinho handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to Barca earlier this month, but Liverpool remain adamant he will not be sold this summer.

They are looking to bring in Thomas Lemar from Monaco as a replacement, coupled with the addition of Naby Keita from RB Leipzig in 12 months time.

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