Transfer news: Liverpool to ask for astronomical sum for Coutinho, Real Madrid abandon chase for Hazard and more - January 1st, 2018
A quick look at all the top transfer stories of the day
The January transfer window officially opened today; it is an opportunity for teams to plug holes in their squad. Clubs around Europe are looking to sign players who can help them to prosper in the second half of the 2017/18 season.
Here is a look at the transfer rumours that have emerged on 1st January 2017.
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Liverpool will make Barcelona pay for Nike blunder
Nike made a blunder when they started marketing the opportunity to buy Coutinho's shirts before any official announcement of his transfer. Liverpool is reportedly very angry regarding this bizarre turn of events and might make the Catalan club pay for the mistake by Nike.
According to the Telegraph, Liverpool would ask for an astronomical fee to sell their prized asset. The English giants seem more open to the idea of selling the Brazilian playmaker now than they were in the summer transfer window.
Coutinho was dropped from the matchday squad that won at Burnley due to a slight injury but the news has only served as fuel for even more speculation regarding the Brazilian's future.
Manchester United keeping tabs on Lucas Moura
Manchester United are going through a bad run of results and the Red Devils have only won once in their last five matches in all competitions. United are keen to improve their squad in January transfer window and are reportedly keeping tabs on the situation of Lucas Moura at PSG.
According to Le 10 Sport, the Red Devils are interested in signing the Brazilian winger.
The 25-year-old is struggling to get game time at the Paris-based club and might urge his club to let him leave in an attempt to revive his faint hopes of making Brazil's World Cup squad.