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Inter president: Philippe Coutinho transfer to Liverpool is not for money

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Inter president Massimo Moratti has stated that the sale of Philippe Coutinho to Liverpool is to help bolster other areas of the squad and not because the club need money.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder is on the verge of moving to Anfield for a reported fee of £8.5million, provided Liverpool do not move the goalposts during negotiations.

Moratti said: "In any case, we are selling Coutinho so we can strengthen other areas, not because we need the money.

"Now we have to figure out if Liverpool's position has changed. If the conditions are the same as they were [Sunday], then the deal will go through, otherwise it won't."

Coutinho is expected to complete his medical later this evening, having arrived at Melwood earlier today, before an official announcement is made by the club tomorrow.

The 20-year-old started his career at Vasco da Gama before moving to the Italian giants in 2010, when Rafa Benitez claimed that the youngster was "the future of Inter".

Coutinho has only started three times for the Serie A side this season but impressed during a short-term loan at Espanyol last season, where he scored 5 goals in 16 games.

Source: Goal.com


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