Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu tells club he’ll quit if they sign Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho
Gerard Deulofeu have threatened to quit Barcelona if the club eventually signs Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho in January.
The Catalan giants are working hard to secure the arrival of the Liverpool star when the transfer window opens on Monday.
Liverpool are determined to keep hold of their prized asset after rejecting Barca’s offers in the summer but they face another tough fight on their hands to reject their advances this time around.
Barca are still pressing ahead with a proposed move even if it means upsetting the players already at the club it seems.
Spanish publication Don Balon claim Deulofeu is one player against the club signing Philippe Coutinho.
The Spaniard has made just five La Liga starts this season with Barca flying high at the top of the table.
And Deulofeu feels the arrival of Coutinho would mean he gets less playing time, falling further down the pecking order.
With Ousmane Dembele also returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Deulofeu knows he won’t get chances to impress in a year when he wants to make the Spain World Cup squad.
The former Everton winger has now warned the club he’ll leave if they go ahead with signing the 25-year-old.
With that in mind, Deulofeu won’t take too kindly to team-mate Paulinho’s recent comments with the Brazilian urging his fellow countryman to complete a switch to the Nou Camp.
“I make jokes that people are already looking for a house for him,” Paulinho said.
“I try to give him the basic information, the most important for him and his family, because maybe the time he lived here was not enough to know the city, but he knows that Barcelona is a very good city, that offers everything for him and his family.
“You have to think about the decision you are going to make. What I think is that if you have the opportunity to come, you will not regret it.”