Reports: Messi Blocks Coutinho Move
Reports: Lionel Messi Blocks Philippe Coutinho Move
FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has reportedly stepped in to stop the Catalan giants from signing Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.
According to reports from Don Balon and the Daily Telegraph, Messi has played a role in Coutinho's move to Barca falling through.
The publications claimed that the Argentine was not pleased about the news that either Ivan Rakitic or Sergi Roberto would be involved in a swap deal for the Brazilian.
Messi was said to be reluctant to see any more first team regulars leave the Camp Nou, especially after Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Recent reports suggest that the Blaugrana have called off their move for Coutinho after Liverpool did not accept a bid within a certain time frame.
However, new speculation has it that the Spanish giants will be back in for the Brazilian, who is reportedly ready to leave the Merseyside club.
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