Rumour Reel: Coutinho to PSG, while Koeman closes in on Gabbiadini?
Robbie Purves | 26 December 2016
Coral’s rumour reel
Jurgen Klopp could be fighting to keep one of his star assets this January, with Philippe Coutinho to PSG linked in today’s back pages.
The Parisian club reportedly failed with a £22m bid this summer and could be returning with a whopping fresh offer to test the Merseyside club’s resolve.
Coutinho to Liverpool?
Amid interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich, it appears PSG have stolen a march on their transfer rivals and are now preparing a bid in the region of £40m for Coutinho – according to reports.
The Anfield outfit’s outstanding Brazilian is also thought to be keen on seeking pastures new after nearly four trophyless years on Merseyside.
Coutinho joined the Reds for just £8.5m in 2013 from Inter Milan and has grown into a key player for Liverpool. Although keen to keep him, £40m could be too much to turn down, as reports suggest he wants to move on in the summer.
PSG have already splashed out on an attacking midfielder in the winter window, with long-term Arsenal target Julian Draxler moving to the French capital. PSG now possess a plethora of offensive options as they look to defend their Ligue 1 crown.
Koeman closes in for Gabbiadini?
Everton have seemingly gone back in for Napoli’s Manolo Gabbiadini after a summer move failed to materialise.
According to reports coming out of Italy, a deal for the striker could be completed for €20m.
Last summer, everything appeared to be in place for the six-cap Italy man to move to Goodison Park, but the switch stalled after fears arose in Naples around where the club would find goals after the departure of Gonzalo Higuain.
It was hoped Gabbiadini would step up and provide goals, but he has failed to fill Higuain’s big boots.
Gabbiadini has only hit the net three times in 17 appearances with the majority of those goals coming in the form of penalties.
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has also declared Gabbiadini up for sale, according to reports.
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