Philippe Coutinho 'Ready to Admit' Barca Deal Won't Happen, Eyes Liverpool Talks

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 22, 2017

BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 29:  Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool FC looks on during the Preseason Friendly match between Hertha BSC and FC Liverpool at Olympiastadion on July 29, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.  (Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images)
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Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho reportedly wishes to hold "clear-the-air talks" with the club after accepting he's "ready to admit" he won't be able to join Barcelona this summer. 

According to Ed Malyon of The Independent, Coutinho and his representatives will approach "key Liverpool figures" to talk over the summer's events after he handed in a transfer request and was the subject of three bids that were all rejected.

Sky Sports reported the most recent of those offers, valued at £113 million, was quickly turned down, illustrating just how adamant the Reds are about keeping hold of their playmaker. 

Malyon reported that Coutinho and his representatives are keen to blame Barcelona for much of the ill will that's developed of late, including the idea to email his transfer request.

A back injury has meant Coutinho has been sidelined for the beginning of the Premier League campaign, but the Telegraph's Chris Bascombe explained what he must do to make this summer a thing of the past:

Without posturing over whether the club should have expected Barcelona's advances and sold their star, the Reds will count this as a victory, fending off the interest of a world giant and retaining arguably your most valuable asset.

In a saga that worked out better for Liverpool than the one that ended with Luis Suarez joining the Blaugrana in a £70 million deal three years ago, Coutinho now looks set to integrate back into the Reds lineup.

ESPN FC's Liam Twomey gave the view, however, that the player should be somewhat more aggrieved:

The five years remaining on Coutinho's contract are all the club really need to point out to make him appreciate where his loyalties lie, Barca having seemingly tried and failed to lure him as their Neymar replacement.

The controversy could continue considering there's more than a week of the transfer window remaining, but Coutinho appears to have avoided any deadline-day uncertainty with an earlier return to the fold.