Liverpool have agreed to pay Inter Milan £8.5m for the Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The 20-year-old who attracted interest from premier league club Southampton, is expected to travel to Melwood early this week for a medical and to complete other formalities such as obtaining a work permit.
Coutinho would become Liverpool’s second January transfer after Daniel Sturridge joined from Chelsea.
With the transfer window closing on Thursday Liverpool will still be hopefully of signing a couple more players.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed the club is looking forward to bring in “one or two” more signings by the end of January transfer window, having allowed striker Michael Ngoo to join Hearts on loan until the end of the season.
Rodgers told reporters:
“We hope to do some business between now and the end of the month. The owners have been brilliant and supporting. We’ve got a young player who’ll go out on loan to get some experience but apart from that I don’t expect people [to go]. One or two, maybe, to come in. We know we still need one or two additions more. The club is doing everything it possible can to assist me in that.”
According to reports the reds are set to complete the signing of Coutinho in the next 24 hours after the player is believed to have told Inter he wants the Liverpool move. Who else should Liverpool try to sign before the close of the window?
Liverpool Boss Brendan Rodgers admits the Club are looking for further additions to the squad before the close of the January transfer window.
Liverpool have already signed Striker Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and the boss is hopeful he won’t be the only new face when the window shuts. He told reporters at Melwood:
“We’ll see what happens over the course of the next few weeks. Daniel was our main priority and we’ll have to see what else is available. There’s no doubt we need to support the group. We had 20 players training this morning, of which some of those are our younger players, so we know we need to reinforce and top up the group. That’s something we’ll look to do. If we can do it then great and if not, then we’ll wait until the summer.”
Asked about the speculation linking Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder with the Reds, Rodgers replied:
“You could probably rattle off about 20 names and the answer would be the same. The club have been linked with a whole host of players, but I couldn’t see that happening.”
The Reds are reportedly considering bringing an end to Nuri Sahin’s loan spell with the club. The Turkish international joined Liverpool on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid but has failed to impress, making just seven appearances in the league and scoring one goal. Sahin was also not in the squad for the FA Cup third round victory over Mansfield last weekend which really says it all.
It is understood Liverpool will be able to cancel his loan this month but it is believed will only do so with the player’s and Real Madrid’s agreement.
It is rumoured that the 24-year-old might go on loan to Inter Milan or Borussia Dortmund who are both interested in securing the service of the player. Dortmund’s director of sport Michael Zorc said recently the Bundesliga club,
“Of course we are following Nuri’s career – he’s one of our lads. We said to him back then (when he left), if Nuri says that he wants nothing other than to play in Dortmund, then we will deal with the issue. But it has got to be manageable, and nothing has changed in that regard.”
Sahin clearly has all the talent but seems to lack the hunger to fight for his place. Liverpool simply cannot afford to pay £70,000 a week for a player to have him sit on the bench. The Reds already have good depth in the midfield department with Steven Gerrard, Jonjo Shelvey, Lucas, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen and frankly I don’t see a place for Sahin in the starting XI.
What does everyone think of Sahin and how he has performed in a Liverpool shirt this season?