Liverpool are reportedly bracing themselves for a bid from Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain in January for Philippe Coutinho, with the French side joining the race with Barcelona to sign the 25-year-old.
Coutinho’s future remains in doubt despite the Reds rejecting three offers from Barcelona to sign him during the summer, and with PSG now thought to be entering the run-in for the attacking midfielder, it will certainly test Liverpool’s resolve over their star man.
The likelihood of Coutinho moving to France appears to have taken a big lift, with captain and fellow Brazilian Thiago Silva admitting that he is in regular contact with the Liverpool playmaker, saying he hopes his compatriot will “work with us”.
Coutinho has recently insisted he is happy at Anfield, and thanked the club for helping him with his immense growth over the years, but it is still odds on for him to depart Anfield in the next 12 months.
PSG have a large Brazilian population amongst their squad, with Dani Alves, Neymar, Lucas Moura, Marquinhos and Thiago Silva. And Silva admits he is keen to see Coutinho join them in the French capital.
“I talk a lot with Coutinho. I hope that at the end of the season or even before, it could be a nice surprise for us,” Silva is quoted as saying by Telefoot.
“I hope he will think well and that next year he will work with us.”
“As with Neymar, I give him a lot of advice,” he added. “But I think the most important thing for him is to make the best decision.”
[Quotes via Sky Sports]