Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Did Nike just leak Coutinho to Barca?

Did Nike just leak Coutinho to Barca?

The January window opens on Monday, however and there is expectation that Barca will come back in for Coutinho, but according to Balague no progress has been made between the two parties.

Nike are responsible for Barcelona's kit and merchandise.

Liverpool and Barcelona fans were sent into a Twitter meltdown on Saturday night after Nike's official website appeared to announce the sensational transfer move prematurely when an advertisement for Barca's latest strip featured the Liverpool player.

It could be that an employee mistakenly used copy from the summer, when Barcelona and Nike were expecting Coutinho to sign for the Spanish side.

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Of course, stories linking Coutinho with a move from Liverpool to Barcelona have been around for more than six months.

There's still been no word from either club or from Nike, but a handful of journalists with connections to the Liverpool end have come out today with something of a collective shrug.

Crucially, he claims, Barcelona have not contacted Liverpool with any new offer.

But could that change? Anything might be possible, but as far as they know it the situation remains unchanged and they don't expect a Coutinho deal to be done in January. They need to sell around eight players between now and the summer to reduce the huge wage bill (over 80% of income) and have transfer money available.

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