LIVERPOOL have reportedly signed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona for £148.5million (160m euros).
But an announcement has been postponed until Liverpool have delivered in a stand-in for the Brazil star.
That is conferring to Yahoo Sport and if true, would mark the end of the tedious chase by the Spanish side to sign Coutinho.
And the contract would make him the second most costly transfer of all time following Neymar’s move to Paris Saint Germain.
Prior this week, Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez revealed they were in agreements to sign a someone but wouldn’t confirm the status of the player.
“We are negotiating with a player with the circumstance that he can reach. We hope it ends strong. We hope to be capable to present a new player,” he said.
“One could reach or two could reach. We are negotiating. My motive is that another player reaches and if probably two.”
The report says Coutinho was informed by Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group that he would be a Barcelona player by the end of the week.
This was after Coutinho submitted a transfer request prior this month via email, which was immediately dismissed.
Liverpool has been discussing that Coutinho would not be permitted to leave and any business done was not associated with his exit.
But it now arrives as though Liverpool’s attempts to sign Thomas Lemar and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are components of their achievements to replace Coutinho.
Yahoo Sport says Liverpool have asked Barcelona to postpone the conclusion of Coutinho’s move until they’ve signed a player.
The 25-year-old is presently on international burden with Brazil and has been allowed fit enough to play in their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.
He had been sidelined for Liverpool due to a back injury and new reports advised the back issue was due to touching stress.