FURTHER to the breaking news yesterday, Goal.com have reported that a delegation from Liverpool FC, led by managing director Ian Ayre, has flown out to Italy to thrash out a deal for young Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has apparently identified Coutinho as the missing ‘number 10′ player he believes the squad needs, after losing out on Gylfi Sigurdsson to Tottenham back in July, and Ayre’s sole mission is to come back with Coutinho’s signature whatever it takes.
The 20 year old Brazilian international (capped once so far) has also attracted solid interest from Southampton, where new boss Mauricio Pochettino had him on loan last year for La Liga club Espanyol. The midfielder scored 5 goals in 16 games for the Spanish outfit and caught the eye on more than one occasion. However, it is thought Coutinho has already sounded out a senior member of the Liverpool squad, believed to be fellow Brazilian Lucas Leiva as to how the Reds operate.
A fee of around £8m was rejected yesterday with the Serie A club wanting nearer £10 million and if rumours are to be believed, a deal could be completed and announced before the day is done.
Watch this space for any further developments throughout the day.
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