After what seemed like one of the more monotonous recent transfer sagas, it is clear now that Philippe Coutinho will not join Barcelona in January either.
Los Cules had hoped right up until the final moments of the summer window that a deal could be agreed with Liverpool, yet that was not to be the case.
Despite the 25-year-old’s best efforts, the Anfield club would not bend in their resolve to keep their star name with it even suggested by the Barcelona hierarchy that Liverpool had asked for 200 million euros.
It was a rather convenient back injury that kept Coutinho out of all of Liverpool’s competitive matches at the beginning of the 2017/18 season, yet he was greeted warmly by supporters as he came off the bench in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Sevilla.
📸 PHOTO | Philippe Coutinho in training today. pic.twitter.com/oGs5HGy77I
— LFC Transfer Room (@LFCTransferRoom) September 14, 2017
His participation however means he will not be able to play for another club in the Champions League this season.
Any possibility of a move being looked at again in the winter died as the Brazilian stepped foot on the pitch.
The Catalans now face a difficult mid-season market with midfield still an area of significant concern.
Jean-Michael Seri now appears as the only concrete option as he will not be cup-tied.
There remain issues with this deal though, given the sensational nature in which the Ivorian’s potential transfer to the Camp Nou was scrapped in August.