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Has Nike leaked Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona in website gaffe?

02 January, 2018, 12:07 | Author: John Swanson
  • Manchester United have entered the race to sign Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho handed in a transfer request in a bid to force through a move to Barcelona last summer, with Liverpool turning down several offers for his services from the Spanish giants as they vowed to hang on to their star man.

The promotion - linked via Barcelona's own website - was removed within an hour.

Under a banner describing Barcelona as "Where the magic happens", the website posted a link to buying Barcelona shirts with Coutinho's name printed on the back, saying that the midfielder is "ready to light up Camp Nou".

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Neither Barcelona nor Nike, the kit manufacturers, responded when asked to comment.

The Dutch worldwide will become the world's most expensive defender when he officially completes his record move to Anfield on New Year's Day.

Liverpool owner John Henry has offered Coutinho a contract extension, and the club are said to be "desperate" to get a renewal signed, according to Mundo Deportivo. That is, if Philippe Coutinho signs for Barcelona.

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Liverpool did of course recently announce the signing of Virgil van Dijk for the hefty fee of £75m.

Jurgen Klopp has refused to confirm Coutinho will stay at the club for the remainder of the season but it's more likely that the Brazilian's move to the Nou Camp will come in the summer.

"I make jokes that people are already looking for a house for him", said Paulinho. He showed his character in the games and in the training sessions.

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"That is what I am interested in because all the rest I can't, and don't, want to talk about - because if I open the door then you run all the way through".

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