A move to Merseyside for Inter Milan’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, looks to be tied up before the end of the January transfer window on Thursday.
The BBC reports that Inter have accepted an £8.5 million bid from Liverpool for the 20-year-old and he will travel to the North-West this week for a medical. According to ESPN, Inter’s President Massimo Moratti has added more credentials to the deal by suggesting a move to the Premier League would be good for Coutinho:
Sometimes players are able to get more playing time, and so I think it would be a great opportunity for Coutinho and a deal that might work out well for us.”
Reports also suggested that Southampton were looking to sign the Brazilian, after he played under new Saints’ boss Mauricio Pochettino whilst on loan at Espanyol last season.
However, it appears Anfield is the youngster’s desired destination and if he completes a medical, Liverpool will just need a work-permit granted before the midfielder can join the club.
Coutinho joined Inter in 2010, after the Italians signed him from Brazilian side Vasco da Gama. He made 19 appearances in his first season at Milan, but struggled to hold a starting position and was loaned out to Espanyol during the 2011/12 campaign.
But with Wesley Sneijder out of favour at the San Siro this season, Coutinho managed 10 Serie A appearances, but Liverpool’s interest has turned the midfielder’s head and it looks like he will be leaving Italy for Merseyside this week.
After reportedly spending £12 million on Daniel Sturridge back at the start of January, Coutinho’s transfer would take The Reds’ spending in this transfer window to over £20 million.
With Liverpool being dumped out of the FA Cup by Oldham at the weekend, Brendan Rodgers will be hoping a new face at Anfield can lift the mood as the club enter the latter part of the season.