Reports claim that Barcelona are ‘a matter of hours’ away from signing Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
According to the Sport, Barca’s representatives travelled to Liverpool on Tuesday to conclude a transfer deal and are aiming to unveil the 25-year-old playmaker as their new signing later week.
It is believed that Barcelona’s offer will be worth €90m (£82m) plus variables.
The same sources also claim that Liverpool’s owners have agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, despite strong resistance from Jurgen Klopp, who wants the midfielder to stay at Anfield.
The Brazil international is considered as a replacement for Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a world record deal worth £198m.
Publicly, Liverpool have remained adamant that No.10 maestro is not for sale but Graeme Souness believes his former club will be unable to stop the midfielder from leaving.
Souness told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t think you can keep him. The chance to play for a team that would suit his style of play, I don’t think he can say no to it, as hard as that is for Liverpool to accept.
‘Ultimately if he wants to go he will go, as much as the club won’t want him to. He’s on a contract but if the big players want to go these days then they get their own way.’
Coutinho’s move is being led by his agents Kia Joorabchian and Sam Kohansal, who also hope to negotiate a move for Paulinho to join Barca from Guangzhou Evergrande in the coming days.