Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho 'house-hunting in Barcelona'

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho 'house-hunting in Barcelona'

The Brazilian was a top target for La Liga's current leaders last summer, with Barcelona having seen several bids rejected by Liverpool in the summer.

Coutinho is sponsored by Nike and wears their boots.

Coutinho has been courted by Barcelona since the summer transfer window and although the move did not materialise then, it may only be a matter of time before the 25-year-old makes the switch. Now, the Daily Express reports that a monster £125m ($216m) fee has been agreed, with the move to be completed this week. That is, if Philippe Coutinho signs for Barcelona. Get your 2017-18 FC Barcelona kit with the Magician's name on it. Act fast - free personalisation only available until January 6, ' read the message on their English website, while it also appeared on their Portuguese, Spanish and Italian versions among others.

Nike have since deleted the section on their website.

New Year celebrations start across globe
In Hong Kong, the fireworks display lit up the sky above the iconic Victoria Harbour to the sound of Auld Lang Syne remix. Samoa, the tiny pacific island was the first country to welcome in 2018, with New Zealand following an hour later.

Liverpool insist that their star man is not for sale, but Coutinho is said to favour a move to the Catalan giants and according to Mundo Deportivo, his agent is already looking at possible locations.

"The Brazilian blindly trusts Liverpool to keep their promise to open the door", they wrote.

Meanwhile in The Telegraph, Chris Bascombe called the situation "bizarre" and Sky's Guillem Balague said there have been no meetings between the clubs' representatives about a January deal-though Balague believes, as do many, that there has been a softening of Liverpool's stance that could pave the way for a summer move.

'Nobody told me that. The only thing I am interested in is how Phil is playing at the moment. That was spot on.

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