Barcelona to Launch Massive Bid for Coutinho
According to various reports, Spanish giants, Barcelona, are so eager to sign Liverpool target, Philippe Coutinho, that they have decided to launch a massive, final bid for the player despite three previous rejections.
Sources close to the Barcelona camp have revealed that they are willing to pay Liverpool £101 million up front, with £37 million in add-ons. This would bring the total fee for the Brazilian star to a whopping £138 million.
With the summer transfer window closing at the end of the month, Barcelona is working tirelessly to sign new players and strengthen their team.
According to several sources, Coutinho, whose back injury has prevented him playing as of yet this season, is determined to leave Liverpool.
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, recently said that Coutinho is “ill” and that it is uncertain as to when the 25-year-old will return to the first team.
There have been rumours about a possible rift between Coutinho and Klopp, supposedly over Coutinho’s desire to leave the club. However, Klopp has denied that there is any bad blood between him and the player, saying:
“Of course. You ask if everything is OK between me and him. I answer of course. Yes. Absolutely [sic]”.
Neither Klopp nor Liverpool management has commented on the reports of Barcelona’s potential fourth bid.
Image credit: Coutinho for Liverpool (2017) [online image] sourced on 23 August 2017 at http://www.goal.com/en/news/more-money-no-buyout-problems-coutinho-to-bank-top-salary-at/8r23nb4b7mp11lsyxrorjgxu