Philippe Coutinho is not Neymar Jr. He will not move for Qatari petro-dollars when what he wants is to wear Barcelona colours. As SPORT reported at the start of the month, PSG are throwing everything they have at him to try and meet Neymar Jr’s desire of pairing with Coutinho in Paris. It will not be possible in January because of Financial Fair Play.
However on Monday two journalists caught one of Coutinho’s agents, Kia Joorabchian, leaving with PSG sporting director Antero Henrique at a FIFA hotel in London for The Best gala.
PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi is on a mission to convince Coutinho to join the club owned by QSI. But Coutinho is only thinking of Barcelona. SPORT have learned that he has asked his agents not to negotiate with the Parisians.
Coutinho knows Barcelona wnat to reinforce their midfield and would love to join in January. The players’ representatives reached a deal with the Fenway Sports Group to stay, but if Barcelona offer 150m euros in January they will sell him.
Barcelona know the only way to accomplish this is to sell, with Arda Turan, Paco Alcacer, Rafinha and others able to be sold.