Agent: Barca tell me Coutinho isn’t for sale but they are not doing it



Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian says he is getting mixed messages from Barcelona regarding the future of the Brazilian attacking midfielder.

Joorabchian says Barcelona have assured him they are not planning to sell Coutinho but claims he has also heard that his client is being offered to other clubs by a representative with close ties to the Catalan club.

“The information from Barcelona is rather mixed,” Joorabchian told Sky Sports News and RMC Sport

“We had a meeting last week with the president [Josep] Bartomeu and other directors, and they told us he was absolutely not for sale, that they have never spoken about the boy leaving, that they had never offered him to any club.

“After that, we decided not to look at the market and that is why the player does not have offers.

“It is a fact that [Barcelona’s advisor in Brazil] Andre Cury works in a different way from that of Barcelona and he is pressing for Coutinho to be included in the transfer of Neymar from PSG.

“I have kept silent this period, but I will not allow Barcelona to lie about the player.

“They must tell the truth and if they want Coutinho to leave, they have to say it.

“Then we will decide with the player what is best for his future.”