Rumours of PSG interest in Liverpool’s 23-year-old attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho have made for the biggest transfer story surrounding the club for the past week. With no major incoming deals in their final stages, the chance the young star could leave has dominated the Liverpool news.
The player, though, insists he isn’t aware of any offer being made. This despite repeated suggestions from Le 10 Sport and other French outlets that PSG have already had one bid—a low, £23M opening offer—batted back by Liverpool. Those same French reports have claimed that Barcelona could also be interested.
"As far as I know there’s no offer," Coutinho said when asked about the rumours following his hat-trick against Haiti in the Copa America last night. "More important for me is to be here focused on the national team having a good tournament. That’s where my head is. Anything else is a subject for my representatives."
That the player says there has been no offer will obviously be taken as a positive by many Liverpool fans. Those same fans, though, might have preferred an "and I have no intention of leaving Liverpool" rather than a "subject for my representatives." Still, as yet there appears little reason to fear a departure will happen this summer.
Coutinho’s hat-trick against Haiti last night helped Brazil on their way to recording a 7-1 victory, their biggest ever under Dunga, and it puts the South Americans in poll position to win their group at the Copa America—something that would almost certainly mean a quarter-final meeting with the host Americans.
The midfielder has been their best player in their opening two games at the tournament despite the fact that had Neymar been included in the squad it is unlikely that he would have started.