After yesterday’s announcements that Coutinho’s family had turned up to Brazil’s hotel to let the Liverpool star that a move to Barcelona was looking increasingly unlikely following his club’s inability to sign Thomas Lemar, Sport have now made it official: no transfer will take place.
The Catalan newspaper state the La Liga runners-up have all but given up on bringing in the former Inter starlet and pulled the plug on the deal.
After Liverpool rejected the club’s last offer for Coutinho, negotiations carried on for a while on Friday, but proved unsuccessful, with the Reds refusing to change their stance.
The attacking midfielder’s attempts at forcing a move, which include a transfer request email and telling his current club that he didn’t want to be in their next Champions League squad never made a difference.
Left out of Jürgen Klopp’s squad since the start of the season, it remains to be seen if the 25-year-old will feature at all this campaign at Anfield, or if he’ll just have to wait until the club finally get a replacement before getting his move.
Considering his contract at Liverpool runs until 2022, he’ll either have to apologise to everyone for his behaviour and hope all gets forgiven, or it could be a very, very long 10 months or so for Coutinho.