SPORT: Barcelona to make final £138m bid for Philippe Coutinho


Despite having three previous bids
for Philippe Coutinho rejected by
Liverpool, Barcelona are reportedly
preparing to make a fourth offer
worth £ 138 m for the Brazillian .
Barcelona have been left walking a
tight rope after Neymar jettisoned the
Nou Camp for Paris Saint-
Germain’s Parc des Princes in
a € 222 m move.
The Blaugrana have met brick walls in
their search for a replacement for
Neymar , having bids for Coutinho and
AS Monaco ’s Ousmane Dembélé
rejected .
However , Sky Sports is reporting that
despite Jurgen Klopp reiterating the
Coutinho situation has “ 100 percent
not changed” , Barcelona will make a
final fourth bid in hopes that their
desperation could finally outweigh the
Reds’ stubbornness .
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The third bid from the La Liga giants
was criticised for the lack of money up
front and while Liverpool maintain no
offer will be accepted , should a
guarantee reach close to £ 100 m , it’s
understood that their stance may
begin to shift .
And they are ready with a fourth offer
of £ 100 m up front with add - ons of
£ 36 m — despite telling Liverpool they
had made their final bid last week.
The extras involve £ 9 m each time
Barca qualify for the Champions
League over the next four seasons —
which is virtually guaranteed.
Coutinho handed in a transfer request
earlier this month in a bid to convince
Liverpool to sell him to Barca , who
have had three offers for the forward
rejected .
The last of those bids was reported to
be worth £ 118 million (128 .7 million
euros, $ 151 million ), but Liverpool
have maintained their stance that the
25 - year- old will not be sold in the
current transfer window, which shuts
at the end of August .
A back injury and a bout of sickness
are keeping Coutinho out of action at
present , but Klopp stressed that when
he is fit enough to return , there will be
no attempt to send him into exile as
punishment.
“ Of course , everything is okay between
me and him. Absolutely . 100 per cent,”
Klopp said on Tuesday .
Coutinho is yet to feature this term due
to a back injury picked up in pre -
season and will once again be
unavailable when the Reds face
Hoffenheim in the second leg of their
Champions League qualifier at
Anfield.
“ He can ’ t start tomorrow because on
top of that he ’s now ill ,” Klopp said .
“ It will take time because he has not
trained for a long time . I ’ve no idea at
this moment (when he will return ), we
would have to check when he is back .”

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