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Philippe Coutinho is close to joining Liverpool

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Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho is set to become Liverpool’s second signing of the January transfer window as the Anfield club looks to wrap up the deal with an improved offer of £8 million. 

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Philippe Coutinho heading to Liverpool

Liverpool have already captured Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to bring in few more faces before the window shuts down next week.

The Reds already had a £5 million bid rejected for the player and according to reports from Liverpool Echo, the Anfield club will improve their offer to push the deal through.

The 20-year-old Brazilian is touted as one of the highly rated young midfielders in Europe. Cash strapped Serie A outfit Inter are looking to sell the prodigy who was signed by then manager Jose Mourinho, while the player himself is keen on a move to Merseyside after getting frustrated with the lack of first team opportunities.

The youngster started to play senior football for native club Vasco da Gama from where he was sold to Inter at the tender age of 16 in 2008. He remained in Brazil for two more years before returning to Italy in 2010.

Philippe Coutinho was sent on loan to La Liga outfit Espanyol in the second half of last season where he made 16 league appearances scoring five goals. However, upon returning to Inter, his total appearances has been restricted to only 11 games this season and found the net on three occasions only.

Meanwhile, Liverpool have become frustrated with Blackpool’s hard stance over midfielder Tom Ince, whose dream of returning to Anfield hinges on factors beyond his control.

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Liverpool frustrated with Blackpool’s stance over Tom Ince

The Reds value their former academy graduate at £6 million. However, under the terms and conditions of the player’s contract, Liverpool are entitled to pay 35% of any resale value, so the price drops to only £4 million.

The Seasiders are demanding a fee in the region of £8 million but Liverpool are unwilling meet their demands. As it stands, Liverpool would go for him only if the price is right.

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Comments (15)

  1. Liverpool should sgin the young start from inter milan n for get abt tom ince..

  2. I hope Liverpool stick to their guns, Ince didn’t have to leave in the first place, he showed no confidence in the club to recognize his talent or in his own ability to make it. It was Ince first club second and would be again in the right circumstances.

  3. dalglish is to blame.he would have been a first team regular under rodgers.

    • Dalglish is not to blame. Ince was offered a new contract but he rejected it as he wanted first team football. He wasn’t guaranteed that at Liverpool.

      Rodgers couldn’t guarantee him first team football.

  4. If there is any truth on the matters concerning Coutinho then he would undoubtedly be much more favourable a buy than Ince. After all the latter , as already mentioned in a post , did indeed push and inveigle a move away backed strongly by his father at the time.
    That aside I can see no reason to have him as we are quite sufficient with both present wingers and young up-and-coming wingers who deserve much more of a chance than Ince. Coutinho is a clever ball-reading player and would greatly enhance are already blossoming new attack force. That is of course only my opinion….

    • yes chunky , dont want him thinking he’s got our club over the barrel especially with his dad in the back ground , although his dad is only looking out for whats best for his son , noooooo! countinho looks years ahead than tom ince too , exciting player the brazilian lad looks

  5. Its a pity that the clueless Daglish sold lnce with his talent.If lnce really wants to come back then he must finish season & contract@ Bpool then come for free end of season.might even get a wee bit higher salary if he comed on free

  6. tom ince wil be in his final year next season and liverpool can get him on a free next season

  7. I think BR should sign him instead of spreading his rumour, we av seen wot he has be doing in inter milan. so therefore he has more futbal metality than thomas ince

  8. Coutinho won’t solve our problems ,if he is a good player why is he not a regular at inter?

  9. You could say the same about Sturbridge – he wasn’t a regular starter at Chelsea was he – And also Sneijder wasn’t playing at all and we all know how good he is! – Coutinho is a very exciting talent and I hope that this transfer talk is true because I think under Rodgers he would have the chance to finally show his undoubted talent

  10. http://www.football-italia.net/29775/coutinho-wants-stay-inter

    Sorry guys but turns out he doesnt want to leave inter after all