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Philippe Coutinho edges closer to Barcelona move with the Spanish club ‘set for talks’ with Liverpool this month

  • Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho could move to Barcelona as soon as January 
  • The Spanish side are set to send representatives to Anfield later this month 
  • Barcelona want confirmation that they can sign their target in the new year 
  • Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele is not expected back from injury until February 

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is edging closer to a move to Barcelona with the two clubs set for talks over the Brazilian's future. 

The playmaker was blocked from a move away from Anfield in the summer but the Catalan club are yet to give up on signing their man.

Despite his contract at Liverpool running until 2022, Barcelona are looking to sign the 25-year-old in January. 

Philippe Coutinho is moving closer to his move to Barcelona with the clubs set for talks

Philippe Coutinho is moving closer to his move to Barcelona with the clubs set for talks

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde wants Coutinho to join the Catalan club as soon as possible

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde wants Coutinho to join the Catalan club as soon as possible

According to Mundo Deportivo, representatives from the La Liga leaders are set to travel to Anfield later this month in order for talks to progress before the January window.  

Mundo Deportivo suggest Barcelona will hold talks in Liverpool later this month

Mundo Deportivo suggest Barcelona will hold talks in Liverpool later this month

Barcelona's manager Ernesto Valverde wants confirmation on whether or not Liverpool are willing to sell as soon as possible with the Catalan giants facing a busy schedule in the new year.

The boss is keen for the Brazilian to have some time to adapt to the Spanish league and has been buoyed by the player's apparent reluctance to sign for PSG. 

Barcelona are expecting to bid an estimated £71 million with an addition of £26 million in bonuses to secure the signing. 

Barcelona believe the signing of the Liverpool star would be a tactical move to give Andres Iniesta some respite in both the league and domestic cups. 

Coutinho has returned to the Liverpool squad following injury and is set to star for Brazil as his side take on England at Wembley on Tuesday night.

The Liverpool man is being lined up as a future replacement for Spanish star Andres Iniesta

The Liverpool man is being lined up as a future replacement for Spanish star Andres Iniesta

Barcelona have a 'special plan' for Ousmane Dembele following his leg injury

Barcelona have a 'special plan' for Ousmane Dembele following his leg injury

A potential teammate of Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, is also expected to be back in action for the club in 2018. 

Spanish outlet Sport revealed the club have a special plan for their new signing following his serious injury in September.

The 20-year-old winger has not played since suffering a ruptured bicep muscle in his left leg.

The forward is not expected back to training until January and will be given the whole month to slowly regain full fitness. 

The idea is to not rush the youngster and wait until February to re-integrate him into the starting line-up.  

20-year-old Dembele has not played for Barcelona since injuring his left leg in September 

20-year-old Dembele has not played for Barcelona since injuring his left leg in September 

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