With Jurgen Klopp and his players managing to nick a fourth place finish, many Liverpool fans now expect the club to sign 2-3 world class players in the summer transfer window in order to enable the team compete on all fronts next season. Personally as a Liverpool supporter, I think this summer transfer window will be just as interesting as my wonder Fantasy and Adventure Slots game, I am looking forward to see which players Klopp will sign. It is also time to see how serious the Liverpool owners are.
However, aside incomings, there have been talks of outgoings. Key among the players who have been linked with a move away from Anfield in the summer transfer window is Brazilian Philip Coutinho. The former Inter Milan attacker has been the subject of intense speculation in the last few weeks. Recent reports claim Barca are very interested in signing the player.
Liverpool on their own part are said to only be willing to let Coutinho leave to Barca if the Catalans put in a big money offer plus Rafinha Alcántara. Rafinha, 24, who is also a Brazilian is said to be courted by not only Liverpool but as Juventus and Arsenal as well. The Brazilian is the brother of Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich and was once on the books of Barca, is said to be ready to move to a club where he will be able to get regular playing time.
However Sky Sports report Liverpool may have to make their move faster than they may want as Juventus are said to be ready to make a bid for the 24 year old immediately in order to fend off interest from Liverpool and Arsenal.
This is despite the player’s agent confirming recently that his client has no interest in leaving Barca at the moment;
“Rafinha has no interest in leaving Barcelona. We have a contract until 2020 and he will finish it normally.”
It remains to be seen whether the agent is merely doing his job or actually means what he said. In my opinion, should Barca really want to sign Coutinho, the Brazilian is very likely to want to leave. His statements in recent interviews have shown that he will jump at the opportunity to play for Barca should the need arise.
And if you ask me, Liverpool should steer clear of Rafinha. He reportedly has a release clause of €75m which to me is unrealistic especially for a player who is not a regular. Also, he recently suffered a big knee injury and is out of action till August. This means should Liverpool sign him, he will not partake in pre-season games with Liverpool and may actually miss the start of the season.
Aside the knee injury, Rafinha has suffered from one injury to the other in the last 3 years which is a major reason why he has not been able to nail down a first team shirt with Barca.