RUMOURS: Coutinho Barca move now reaches warfare with Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho’s bid to move to Barcelona has broken into open warfare with Liverpool, according to the Mirror.

The midfielder handed in a transfer request on Friday despite the club stating that he would not leave, with the club instantly rejecting the request. 

 An unnamed member of Coutinho’s “family” also released a statement saying: “Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail. He has tremendous love for the club and its fans.

Like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms.

After Neymar went, and not before, Barcelona identified Philippe Coutinho as a replacement. They reached a personal agreement with his agent. Since then, for the last two to three weeks, Coutinho has tried to make Liverpool understand that his dream is to play for Barcelona. He has been a Barcelona fan for a while, has become really good friends with Luis Suarez and he wants to move to the Camp Nou…

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