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Southampton and Liverpool in a tug of war for Philippe Coutinho - originally posted on Soccerlens.comPremier League outfit Southampton have emerged as a shock contender for Philippe Coutinho and are looking to snatch the deal from Liverpool’s nose after having their bid accepted by Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Philippe Coutinho’s next destination: Southampton or Liverpool?
The Saints have offered £10.2 million for the midfielder and are looking to leapfrog Liverpool in the race to sign him.
Liverpool initially offered £5 million for the Brazilian but was rebuffed with immediate effect. According to reports from The Times, the Reds have submitted an improved bid of £8 million for the 20-year-old.
It is to be seen whether Liverpool will match Southampton’s package or not in order to bring him to the Merseyside, though the player’s preference is to move to Anfield.
Another problem that needs solving is the player’s work permit. Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre spoke in length with I...
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Philippe Coutinho admits he is flattered by Liverpool's interest in him - but says he is looking to fight for his place at Inter Milan .
The Premier League side are in talks with Inter over a deal for the playmaker, having already seen one bid rejected.
It was fully expected that an £8million deal would be agreed between the two clubs - but the player has cast some doubt of...
Liverpool are currently locked in a battle with Southampton to secure the signing of Inter Milan attacker Philippe Coutinho, but even if the Reds win this particular transfer race, there is one more major obstacle in the way.
According to a report in The Telegraph today:
"Coutinho will require a work permit to seal a move to the Premier League and this week’s haggling...
Liverpool are currently trying to tie up a deal for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, but the chances of sealing the 20-year old's signature seem slim, especially after he admitted yesterday that he's happy at Inter Milan. If the move collapses, the Reds have other options, and reports in Portugal today claim that the the club is back in for Sporting Lisbon star Jeffrén...
Southampton are currently outbidding Liverpool in the race for Inter Milan's Philippe Coutinho, and reports in Italy today claim that the Reds have been given an ultimatum over the Brazilian attacker.
According to Italian newspaper La Gazetta Dello Sport:
* Liverpool and Southampton renewed transfer contact with Inter this morning via fax.
* Coutinho prefers a move to Liverpool over
With only five days left of the January transfer window, time is running out for Liverpool to sign another attacking midfielder, and with the deal for Philippe Coutinho looking increasingly unlikely, the Reds may have to look elsewhere. One option could be Barcelona winger Isaac Cuenca, and reports in Spain today claim that the 21-year old could be on his way to Anfield.
According to Spanish