Nike quietly delete confirmation of Coutinho's Barca move

Nike quietly delete confirmation of Coutinho's Barca move

Nike quietly delete confirmation of Coutinho's Barca move

The message did not appear on the Nike website for long, but it was quickly screen-shotted by Liverpool fans who were surprised to see what appeared to be a hint that their No.10 was about to seal his move to Barcelona appearing on a site so closely connected to the club. Get your 2017/18 FC Barcelona kit with the Magician's name on it'.

The American sportswear giant set tongues wagging on Saturday evening (30 December) after suggesting under a heading on the Barcelona section of their website entitled "Where the Magic Happens" that Coutinho was ready to "light up" the Nou Camp and offering a link to supporters where they could purchase shirts with his name on the back.

Coutinho has always been linked with a move to Barcelona, and was the subject of three failed bids from the Catalan side in the summer.

Despite signing Ousmane Dembele for a fee that could rise to £135m in August, the Catalans are still looking for a world-class replacement for forward Neymar, who became the most expensive player in the world when he signed for Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the transfer window.

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However, Barcelona remain interested in the former Inter Milan star and believe Liverpool are more open to selling after spending a hefty £75million on Virgil Van Dijk.

Liverpool continue their Premier League campaign at home to Leicester City today and Coutinho is expected to start.

'Nobody told me that. "We have good players and we don't have to sell anybody because of that".

Just what Liverpool fans wanted to hear, yet a worrying report has emerged per Mundo Deportivo that suggests Coutinho's mind is still very much made up.

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