Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Liverpool have 'resurrected' the possibility of selling Coutinho to Barca

Deadline day has come and gone, and all the latest deals and potential deals can be found here, but there's plenty brewing in the market as clubs begin to look toward January. TOP STORY: Could Coutinho yet join Barcelona? Maybe the Philippe Coutinho saga isn't over after all. Catalan outlet Sport reports that he could go to Barcelona next summer or even in January. The report claims Liverpool are "contemplating the possibility" of selling Brazil international Coutinho, despite having rejected three big bids from the Camp Nou in the summer. It says Coutinho has again told Liverpool officials he would like to move to Barcelona and adds that talks between Liverpool's owners, Fenway Sports Group, and the player's representatives have "resurrected" the possibility of a switch. FSG would be "much more receptive to negotiating" if Liverpool are out of the Premier League title picture, with Barcelona set "to launch a new assault" to sign Coutinho. High-flying City keeping tabs on Barca star Everything is rosy in the Manchester City garden -- top of the table, goals flying in -- but there won't be any resting on laurels. Citing reports in Spain, talkSPORT reports that City "are ready to stump up the £35 million required to land Barcelona star Sergi Roberto." Chelsea are also interested, but Guardiola has long had an interest in a player who can operate in midfield or at full-back and City are willing to pay his release clause after he produced a succession of impressive performances last season. TalkSPORT says 25-year-old Roberto would be open to staying at Barcelona but wants an improved deal to do so -- "and City could pay the sort of salary he is after." Leicester hoping for Silva solution One of the stranger transfer sagas of recent months has been the story of Adrien Silva at Leicester City. Silva's switch to the King Power Stadium from Sporting Lisbon remains in limbo after being rejected by FIFA when the Foxes filed their paperwork just 14 seconds late. Now, the Telegraph reports, the Premier League club have submitted an appeal as they attempt to end the impasse. Portugal international Silva, who is not allowed to train with Leicester as the situation continues, has returned to his homeland as he waits for a breakthrough. The report says one could arrive after the appeal went in "following weeks of negotiations between club officials and lawyers." Although no date for a verdict has been given, "one possibility is that Silva's signing is approved, but he will be unable to officially play for Leicester until January." Tap-ins -- Life is pretty tough for Crystal Palace at the moment, and it will get even tougher if scans show that Christian Benteke suffered knee ligament damage in the defeat at Manchester City. The London Evening Standard reports that Palace "may try to sign a striker on a free transfer outside the window if Benteke's injury is serious" and have a space in their squad to do so. -- Aston Villa's Australian midfielder Jordan Lyden could head out on loan for the second half of the season if he fails to break into the first-team picture, according to the Birmingham Mail. It says Lydon, who has played in this season's Carabao Cup, is a target for several League One clubs.

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