Dyche’s ‘weird mo­ment’ with Maradona

Sunday Express - - Front Page - By By Steve Mil­lar Neil Fissler

BARCELONA will en­rage Liver­pool by con­tin­u­ing their pur­suit of Philippe Coutinho when the Jan­uary trans­fer window opens.

The Cata­lans were told in the sum­mer that the Reds wouldn’t wel­come any more in­ter­est in the Brazil­ian play­maker af­ter re­ject­ing three bids.

But he is still top of Barca’s wanted list and Nou Camp bosses be­lieve they can get their man for around £132mil­lion with a down pay­ment of £75m.

That is still some way short Liver­pool’s £176m val­u­a­tion but Barca are ready to play hard­ball over the fee as the only buy­ers on the mar­ket.

Coutinho, 25, has set his heart on a move to Spain and has told Paris Saint-Ger­main he isn’t in­ter­ested in join­ing them.

He put in a trans­fer re­quest in the hope of push­ing through a deal but Liver­pool stood firm hop­ing to keep the mid­fielder un­til next sum­mer.

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