Barcelona January transfer news LIVE: Coutinho close to record Barcelona deal

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Coutinho close to record Barcelona deal

Philippe Coutinho is close to completing a club record €150 million move to Barcelona from Liverpool, Goal understands.

The Brazilian is set to become the third most expensive player in history, surpassed only by Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who signed for Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona and Monaco respectively.

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Puel insists Mahrez is happy at Leicester

Riyad Mahrez, Leicester City

Leicester City manager Claude Puel believes Riyad Mahrez is happy at the club and rejected claims the winger will seek a move away in the January transfer window.

Many of Europe's biggest clubs have been monitoring the Algerian attacker, who handed in a transfer request this summer that ultimately went unfulfilled. 

"He is happy with the squad, it is speculation but for me it is no problem. He is happy to play with this team, he enjoys his football and this is the most important thing," Puel said.

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Messi calms outraged Barca stars over Coutinho pay

Lionel Messi BarcelonaBarcelona's leading players have been left outraged by the personal terms offered by the club to Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, Diario Gol reports.

Many of the club's first-team stars disagree with the prospect of the 25-year-old leapfrogging them on the pay scale and it has taken moves from Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta to calm them down. 

However, Gerard Pique, the third captain of the Catalans, stands with the bulk of the squad, widening the rift. 

Coutinho could cause FFP issues for Barca

Philippe Coutinho Liverpool

Spanish outlet Gol Digital claims Barcelona could find themselves in a world of trouble if they complete the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool.

The report suggests the wages being offered to the Brazilian by the Catalan side could have Financial Fair Play implications that could see Barca fined and banned from Champions League football for more than a year.

Umtiti not interested in Man City move

Samuel Umtiti, Barcelona 17/18

Manchester City target Samuel Umtiti is not interested in leaving Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo .

Pep Guardiola reportedly was interested in signing the French defender, but Umtiti's agent has told City the player is not looking to leave the Camp Nou.

Madrid rejected chance to sign Coutinho in '08

Philippe Coutinho

Real Madrid rejected the opportunity to sign Philippe Coutinho from Vasco de Gama in 2008, according to Marca .

Los Blancos could have added the playmaker for €2.5 million but instead invested in Rio Ave midfielder Alipio, allowing Inter to swoop in for Coutinho.

The Liverpool midfielder now reportedly finds himself on the verge of a mammoth move to Barcelona.

Valverde coy over Coutinho move

Philippe Coutinho Liverpool

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has refused to comment on whether a move for Philippe Coutinho is close.

The Liverpool midfielder is keen to complete a move to Camp Nou in January after the Reds rejected three bids over the summer.

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PSG to make Seri move

Jean Michael Seri Nice

Paris Saint-Germain are set to make a January move for Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, according to the  Daily Mail .

The 26-year-old almost joined Barcelona in the summer, but a £32.5 million bid was rejected by the Ligue 1 side.

Liverpool and Manchester City have also been keeping tabs on Seri's progress, but the Parisiens are keen to win the race over the next month.

Ozil yet to make future decision

Mesut Ozil Arsenal

Arsenal finally opened talks with Mesut Ozil’s representative last month over a contract extension but the German star has yet to make a decision on his future Goal understands.

Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season, and has attracted interest from the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

He recently bought a new house in London and enjoys life in the capital with a close circle of friends from Turkey and Germany as he continues to consider his options.

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Liverpool eye Ceballos as Coutinho replacement

Dani Ceballos Real Madrid

Liverpool have identified Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos as the man they want to replace Philippe Coutinho, according to Diario Gol

Ceballos is apparently fed up of waiting for a chance to prove himself under Zinedine Zidane and has communicated his desire to leave, through his agent, to president Florentino Perez.

And the Reds are keen to make their move, seeing him as the ideal replacement for Coutinho, who is closing in on a switch to Liga leaders Barcelona. 

Umtiti wants time to decide on City move

Samuel Umtiti Barcelona

Manchester City have had a sit-down with Samuel Umtiti and explained the club's project to the Barcelona defender, according to L'Equipe

The 24-year-old has a €60m release clause, but wants time to think over the offer from City before making any decision on his future. 

Coutinho to refuse to play for Liverpool

Coutinho, Liverpool

Barcelona are growing increasingly confident of landing Philippe Coutinho in January, as Sport   claim the Brazilian will refuse to play for Liverpool again. 

There is a growing feeling from the Spanish outfit that a bid over £130 million will get the deal done, with Coutinho having pulled out of the Reds' match against Burnley on New Year’s Day. The Spanish newspaper claims Coutinho does not want to risk suffering an injury before making his move and has no intention of featuring in their FA Cup game against Everton.