BARCELONA reportedly think they will finally sign Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.
Barcelona and Liverpool are due to meet on January 3 in order to discuss the future of Coutinho, who has been linked with a move to Catalonia ever since the summer.
The Brazil international was earmarked as a priority signing after Barca lost Neymar to Ligue 1 giants PSG.
However, Liverpool refused to give him up with manager Jurgen Klopp demanding the club snub all offers for the 25-year-old.
Despite that, however, Catalan newspaper Sport say Barcelona feel they will sign the playmaker next week.
It is said Barcelona have been making strides towards the signing of Coutinho by regularly talking with the player’s agent.
A contract has supposedly been agreed since the summer with the only stumbling block now convincing Liverpool to part with their star performer.
Sport say Barcelona want to pay a fee of around £130million – but only in instalments.
However, should they pay the money outright, Liverpool will not block Coutinho from leaving Anfield.
Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has reportedly approved a deal that would see the player move to the Nou Camp.
And club chiefs Robert Fernandez and Pep Segura are also in agreement that Coutinho must be signed at all costs.
Everything is now said to be down to Barcelona director general Oscar Grau.
He is the man entrusted with the task of signing Coutinho and only time will tell whether Barcelona land their man.
Should the transfer go through, Coutinho will become the world’s second-most-expensive player, behind only compatriot Neymar.