In Focus: Liverpool attacker not interested in PSG move

According to the Daily Mail, Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho is not interested in joining Paris Saint-Germain as he holds out for a move to Barcelona.

What’s the story?

If it were up to Coutinho, the Brazil international would be a Barcelona player as things stand. It is as simple as that.

The Spanish giants were strongly linked with the 25-year-old during the summer, and it is thought that Coutinho handed in a transfer request at Liverpool in a bid to force a move.

The Reds were not prepared to play ball, however, and rejected at least one bid in excess of £100m for the former Inter Milan youngster.

It is understood that Barcelona are still interested in signing Coutinho, but PSG are now believed to be in the hunt as the Ligue 1 leaders look to splash the cash once again.

That said, according to the Daily Mail, Coutinho, who is valued at £58.5m by, is simply not interested in moving to Paris as he holds out for his dream move to Barcelona.

Will Coutinho leave Anfield in January?

It is a tough question. The fact that Liverpool refused to sell during the summer means that it is difficult to imagine Coutinho leaving in the middle of the campaign.

It would have been easy for Coutinho to sulk at Liverpool this season, but in fairness to the attacker, he has performed pretty well – scoring four times and providing three assists in nine appearances in all competitions.

According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona will make a £106m bid for Coutinho in the January transfer window, and if that does occur, Liverpool will surely have to accept.

There is a reason why so few major deals occur during the winter transfer window, however, which means that both parties might have to wait until next summer.

PSG are clearly interested in signing Coutinho, but it seems that the Brazilian only wants to leave Liverpool to seal a dream move to Barcelona.