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Philippe Coutinho ‘agrees terms with Barcelona’ leaving club to thrash out £89million deal with Liverpool

Brazilian a step closer to exit after agreeing contract with Catalan giants

Philippe Coutinho is a step closer to leaving Liverpool as he has ‘already agreed a contract in principle with Barcelona’, according to reports in Spain.

The Brazilian star has been linked with a blockbuster £89MILLION move to the Nou Camp in recent days.

Philippe Coutinho told Jurgen Klopp that he loves it at Liverpool

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Philippe Coutinho has ‘agreed to a contract with Barcelona’

Philippe Coutinho helped Liverpool to defeat Leicester on Saturday to win the Asia Trophy

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Barcelona will now attempt to thrash out a deal with Liverpool for the Brazilian star

Liverpool rejected a £72m offer last week with Jurgen Klopp insisting he will be keeping his star man at Anfield next season.


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But, according to RAC1 and Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho has already held talks over a potential contract with Barca – and agreed in principle to terms.

That leaves the Catalan giants free to thrash out a transfer fee with the Reds.

Barca chiefs were in London earlier this week to talk to Liverpool officials and representatives of the Brazilian.

But after the initial offer was rejected, Liverpool appear to be holding out for £89m.

Coutinho has been in the Far East on Liverpool’s pre-season tour, with Klopp’s men now heading to Germany for another four games.

‘Closer’: Mundo Deportivo ran this front page on Coutinho agreeing a deal with the club

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‘Closer’: Mundo Deportivo ran this front page on Coutinho agreeing a deal with the club

Speaking last week, Klopp again stated he had no interest in selling Coutinho – for any price.

He said: “I’m not surprised that any clubs are interested in players at Liverpool. A few people obviously see that a Liverpool has a few good players.

“But its a very important message to make – we are not a selling club. That’s how it is.”

Klopp believes that he can keep hold of Coutinho at AnfieldKlopp believes that he can keep hold of Coutinho at Anfield

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Jurgen Klopp has stated that Coutinho is not for sale at any price

Neymar had reportedly grown tired of living in Lionel Messi's shadow

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Barcelona are desperate to land Coutinho as a replacement for Neymar – who appears to be heading to PSG

When challenged to state Coutinho was not for sale, Klopp answered: “Yes, that is what we can say.

“But that is not different to this morning, or yesterday. It was not different at any time, so yes.

“Phil is a very, very important player. He can improve his consistency of course. But there is no doubt about his qualities.

“He has good movement, is very smart in both parts of the game, offensively and defensively. Also technically, that a really, really important.

“We’ve got a really good player. But the nice thing is he is still young and he can still improve.”

Barca are desperate to land Coutinho as a replacement for Neymar, with Paris Saint-Germain said to be closing in on a mind-boggling £195million deal for the forward.