Balague: Liverpool don't want Coutinho on loan
After some reports earlier this week that were claiming Liverpool may be in the market for a Philippe Coutinho sized player, it would now appear those rumours were false.
Are you surprised? Because I'm not. At all. The Coutinho rumours will resurface regularly over the next few months, before being refuted continually.
So to the refutation today, this time from Guillem Balague, the Spanish football 'expert', who has stated with some confidence that Liverpool aren't interested in Coutinho.
Speaking on a podcast for Sport, Balague said: "We know the 'new' Newcastle, when their takeover is confirmed which everyone expects it to be, will enter a new era and Coutinho is waiting for that to happen.
"His representatives believe Newcastle will make an attempt to get him because he is the kind of the player they can have as I have said before, they should go for players who are finishing their contract like Cavani.
"The biggest effort Coutinho's representatives are doing is towards the Premier League and the idea is for him to go to the Premier League.
"There has been talk of Arsenal but nothing has arrived from them, and also talk of going back to Liverpool on loan.
"No truth whatsoever.
"So we don't need to talk about it any more, do we?
"Liverpool are not interested, no offer has existed and I understand that the work the representatives have to do is to make it look like there is an auction but there isn't such a thing at the moment.
"The favourites if you have to choose from the Premier League are Newcastle if the (takeover) bid comes in and if they make an offer for him of some kind that Barcelona is happy with.
"They want to get rid of Coutinho, that's for certain, but at this point everything is possible including him staying but that seems unlikely."