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Messi blocked Liverpool midfielder move

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi prevented Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho’s move to the Spain side, Don Balon informs.

According to the source, The 30-year-old did not want his teammates Ivan Rakitic or Sergi Roberto to depart to Liverpool as part of the deal. This said the Argentinian is ready to allow Arda Turan, Andre Gomes or Paco Alcacer to leave Camp Nou, however, they could not have been included in the transfer contract.

It has been reported that Liverpool wee not ready to let one of their lead attackers to leave the club at any cost.

Philippe Coutinho, alongside with Juventus attacker Paulo Dybala had been Barcelona’s main targets for the summer transfer window, especially after Neymar’s record breaking 222 million euro move to PSG. Neither of the deals is expected to be closed by the end of the transfer window.