Euro giants make new offer for Liverpool playmaker, agent awaits response - report
By Aramide Oladipo
Barcelona have presented Liverpool with a new offer for playmaker Philippe Coutinho, according to a report.
Mundo Deportivo claims that the Spanish giants have tabled a new bid of around £90million plus add-ons for the 25-year-old and they believe that the Merseyside club will find it difficult to turn down.
The Spanish publication claims that the La Liga side offered around £63million plus £10million in add-ons for Coutinho last week but it was rejected by Liverpool.
The newspaper reports that Coutinho’s agent Giuliano Bertolucci is currently in London awaiting the response from the Reds concerning the second offer from Barcelona.
The Catalan club have reportedly decided to quickly invest the money they received in the world record transfer which saw star man depart to Paris Saint-Germain for £200million.
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The report claims that the Brazilian is one step away from moving to the Camp Nou after he did not travel with his teammates to Dublin to feature in the pre-season friendly against Spanish side Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has reportedly found a replacement for the playmaker in West Ham United attacking midfielder Manuel Lanzini.
Coutinho currently has five years remaining on his contract at Anfield.
Football Insider verdict
Liverpool must have been dreading Neymar’s move to Paris as it was destined to have a knock-on effect on Barcelona’s pursuit of Coutinho. The La Liga side are now equipped with more funds and although the Reds have been adamant that the Brazilian is not for sale this summer, this transfer window has demonstrated that every player has a price and Coutinho could yet exit Anfield before the end of the month. The Reds should react in the same manner as Barcelona should they accept the reported £90million bid and use the money wisely to try and bring in players who have the quality to replace the brilliance of Coutinho. All the noise coming from Liverpool at the moment though, suggest Coutinho is going nowhere this summer.
In other Liverpool news, this international centre-back on the Reds’ radar is set to complete his medical ahead of a move.