Football Transfers: No Move For Sanchez, Coutinho
The summer transfer window has finally closed, and despite all the trade carried out on deadline day, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez will remain at the Emirates stadium, while Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho stays put at Anfield.
Both players dropped transfer requests to club management trying to force their ways out. Also, manager Arsene Wenger has since insisted Sanchez is not leaving the club, while Jurgen Klopp did not hide his position that Coutinho will remain a Liverpool player this season.
For Sanchez, Manchester City left it late to raise their offer for the Chilean from an initial £30m to £60, which made things a bit difficult for Arsenal to get a replacement.
Maybe Sanchez already saw the handwriting on the wall, hence, his return to action against Liverpool, which Arsenal lost 4-0.
Or perhaps the player was only trying not to be arrogant. He could also be trying to use the fixture against Liverpool to further convince Manchester City of what he is capable of doing and why the club should up his bid.
After Sanchez put in a transfer request, skipped Arsenal training, sat-out the first three English Premier League games this season, he did not leave the club. Painful indeed.
Coutinho seemed to have accepted his fate one week to the end of the transfer window, there were reports that he has met with Klopp and club management to explain how he was pressurized by Barcelona and his family to force a move.
But Barcelona are not happy despite buying their other target Ousmane Dembele, as Liverpool turned down three approaches from Barca - the third as big as £114m - during the transfer window this summer.
Coutinho scored a beautiful goal on international duty the same day transfer window was closing, as Brazil beat Ecuador 2-0 in World Cup qualifier.
While the transfer window is now closed in England, Spanish clubs have until midnight on Friday night to complete any final deals, and Liverpool resolve is reportedly set to be tested one final time as Barcelona are set to make an offer of around £138million.
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