Coutinho: Barcelona to seal deal "in coming days" - report

Coutinho: Barcelona to seal deal "in coming days or hours"


Sevilla - Barcelona: Copa del Rey quarter-final

Philippe Coutinho appears to be closing in on a switch to Barcelona, with reports stating that the LaLiga giants have persuaded Liverpool to part with the Brazilian.

Coutinho's Barcelona transfer reportedly imminent

Indeed, ESPN says the 25-year-old attacker could be confirmed as a Barça player within "the coming days or hours".

Fresh from selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222m euros, Los Azulgranas look set to pay a club-high 100m for the former Inter Milan man, who has established himself as a key figure at Anfield since moving in 2013.

Coutinho has been at Liverpool since 2013.

ESPN adds that Liverpool have identified Manuel Lanzini of fellow Premier League side West Ham United to replace Coutinho, who is said to have informed the Reds of his desire to join Barça in recent days.

Barcelona also after Martínez, Dembélé

Coutinho's arrival would see Barcelona capture the first of three current targets, with Real Sociedad defender Íñigo Martínez and Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembélé also on their shopping list.

The Copa del Rey holders have also brought in full-back Nelson Semedo from Benfica this summer, and re-signed winger Gerard Deulofeu from Everton.