It’s that time of week again where we look back over the past seven days and check out what articles Tribal readers have fancied the most.

Overall, we’ve got stories about all the major clubs including Liverpool, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

With the dust settled after the expected bedlam that comes with deadline day, the top story of the week surrounds the biggest transfer that didn’t happen.

According to Sport, Liverpool‘s owners, Fenway Sports Group, informed Barcelona that they could buy Reds midfielder Philippe Coutinhobut there was one catch.

That the Brazilian would only join after next year’s World Cup.

Obviously the deal didn’t eventuate, but it’s hard to see Barcelona not accepting this deal, if it was presented.

If Coutinho has another great season, surely his valuation will head north.

Estadao claims that Barca’s ex-star Neymar urged his international teammatenot to join his former club.

The Brazilian publication stated that Neymar had told Coutinho that he would not regret Liverpool‘s decision to keep him at Anfield.


Another spicy story that emerged from deadline day detailed the near departureof Gareth Bale from the Bernabeu.

Don Balon reported that Real Madrid did accept a bid for the Welshman.

Manchester United had made the offer, but Bale rejected the move, deeming it too risky of a project.

The bid was worth £92m.

Back to Coutinho, and Brazil coach Tite gave him some sound adviceabout the prospective Barcelona move.

Speaking before deadline day, Tite reminded Coutinho that all he had to do was make sure he was happy.

Considering the 25-year handed in a transfer request you could imagine he’d be feeling quite the opposite.

While Barcelona were struggling to sign Coutinho, their fierce rivals were watching and laughing.

According to Diario Gol, Real were calling the move ‘Andre Gomes Mk II’ – a reference to the signing of the Portugal midfielder who struggled mightily in his first campaign for Barca last season.

Apparently Los Blancos rejected the chance to sign Coutinho back when he was with Inter Milan.

And the fact that Barca were prepared to part with £150m was meet with hilarity from the Real hierarchy.

Top 5 Tribalfootball stories – August 30 – September 5

1. FSG inform Barca they can buy Reds ace Coutinho today – but there’s a catch!

2. REVEALED: NeymarJR pulls Coutinho aside to give him Barcelona warning…

3. Real ACCEPTED Bale bid from Man Utd

4. Brazil coach Tite: My advice to Coutinho about Barcelona

5. Real Madrid boardroom scoff at Barcelona desperation for €150M Coutinho


Our top five stories searched through Google this week include Arsenal offering Barcelona midfielder Mesut Ozil, Chelsea star Hazard slagging off teammate Michy Batshuayi and the truth behind Riyad Mahrez‘s deadline day shambles.

1. Gunners tell Barca you can buy Ozil today

2. REVEALED: Where Mahrez sat and waited for Blues, Barca offers

3. Real scoff at Barca desperation for Coutinho

4. Time remains for Barca hopefuls Coutinho and Mahrez

5. Blues ace Hazard: What I do not like about Batshuayi…


Our top five stories searched through the world’s most popular social media site, Facebook, include Sir Alex throwing his two cents in regards to the Coutinho saga, the first look at the Ox in Liverpool gear and a mystery man arrives at John Lennon airport.

1. FSG inform Barca they can buy L’pool ace Coutinho today but there’s a catch…

2. Sir Alex: L’pool’s Coutinho saga disappointing. Backs shorter transfer window

3. REVEALED: Why Reds, Arsenal failed with Lemar

4. Reds fans go wild over suspected player at John Lennon Airport

5. Snapped – Ox caught in new Reds gear