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The Coutinho to Barcelona circus continues as Nike ‘confirm’ deal

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Somebody make it stop now please

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The Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona saga has taken yet another twist after an apparent leak from sportswear giant Nike.

Nike published an advert on their website for personalised kit saying “Philippe Coutinho is ready to light up Camp Nou. Get your 2017/18 FC Barcelona kit with the Magician’s name on it.”

Clicking led to a dead link and unsurprisingly the text was very quickly removed, however not fast enough to whip up something of a storm.

The initial suspicion was that it was a hack, but the fact it was translated into several different languages makes that look doubtful.

Have Nike simply got ahead of themselves or did someone simply push the wrong button?

The most logical answer is that Nike have the copy ready to go in case the deal goes through, and that it was accidentally published by mistake.

However, it’s a move which will only strengthen belief that Coutinho will move to Barcelona this January.

Reports in Sunday’s UK papers are claiming Barcelona will try to get a £125 million deal done this week.