Liverpool have been handed a major transfer boost with Barcelona’s technical director Roberto Fernandez having distanced his club with a move for Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazil international has emerged as, arguably, the Reds’ key player over the course of 2015, with the exits of Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez, allied to Steven Gerrard’s decline and move to LA Galaxy, having made him the creative hub of the Merseysiders’ XI.
The fact his friend and compatriot Neymar – who has talked up the playmaker’s potential move to the Nou Camp – also plays for the Catalans has further fuelled speculation.
However, Fernandez has moved to quash claims that his side are chasing Coutinho by insisting that Barca already have many options in his position and that it’s hard to find players of sufficient quality to play for the La Liga champions:
“Coutinho is a great player, with a great condition, but we have a lot of playmakers,” he told Cadena Ser (via talkSPORT).
“But, it isn’t easy to find players who are capable of playing for Barca.”
— Titanbet (@TitanBet) September 30, 2015