Reports from Spain claim that Andres Iniesta is leading a Barcelona rebellion against the signing of Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.
Andres Iniesta is leading several Barcelona players in protest against the potential signing of Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, according to Spanish outlet Diario Gol.
Barcelona made several attempts to bring the Brazilian to the Camp Nou in the summer but Liverpool did not budge even when a £114m bid came in – sum reported by BBC Sport.
Diario Gol claims that the Catalan giants still have Coutinho firmly on their radar, but that the player is not wanted at the club by some senior members of the dressing room.
Iniesta and Ivan Rakitic are concerned for their places in the team if Coutinho arrives, and feel Sergio Roberto, Denis Suarez and Paulinho provide adequate cover, the report adds.
It seems unlikely that Iniesta would be threatened by any new player. The 33-year-old is a Barca legend with eight La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies to his name.
He is also approaching the twilight of his career, and must appreciate the need to identify his successor.
But if rumours of his objections to Coutinho are true, that would spell good news for Liverpool because Iniesta’s opinion would certainly carry some weight at boardroom level.