However Daniel Jones from Metro arrives with shock news that Southampton are ready to hijack the deal with new Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino a big fan of the talented Brazilian.
The ambitious St. Mary’s outfit are prepared to match Inter’s £10 million asking fee to land the 20-year-old with chairman Nicola Cortese eager to bring even more talented youngsters to the club, following rhe impressive capture of Gaston Ramirez from Bologna in the summer.
Liverpool were understood to be in prime position to sign Coutinho after giving up the chase for Blackpool’s Thomas Ince but Saints’ interest could now create a bidding war with the South Coast side ready to challenge the Reds all the way.
After stealing Norwegian defender Vegard Forren from under Liverpool ‘s noses, signing Coutinho could act as another coup for the Saints as they look to repair relations after the unpopular sacking of manager Nigel Adkins last week.
Coutinho is highly regarded at the San Siro but he is said to have fallen out with the club after only making 15 appearances for the Serie A side.