Report details huge new twist in Coutinho saga that will make Liverpool think twice
By Abigail Withey
Liverpool are set to be offered a fresh mega-money bid from Barcelona for midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to a Spanish report.
Beta Goal revealed in their Blog Balls report that the La Liga club have ramped up their efforts to tempt Liverpool to sell the 25-year-old with a staggering £118 million bid.
The Spanish media outlet claims that Barcelona have increased their previous bid of £109 million in order to convince Jurgen Klopp to sell up.
It is understood that the La Liga giants are confident in securing the attacker in the coming days and hope to announce his arrival by the end of the week.
The Brazilian has had a turbulent time in the latter stage of the transfer window, after the Merseyside club released a statement which stated that the club wouldn’t accept any offers for the Brazilian.
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The playmaker followed this statement by handing in his transfer request to the Reds, and then failed the feature in the club’s recent fixtures due to a back injury.
Football Insider verdict
With the mega-money bid from Barcelona of £100m+ for their attacker, it would be unbelievable for Liverpool not to agree a deal. At the very least, they would have to think twice about the ‘not for sale’ stance. Coutinho clearly isn’t happy at the club and if he was forced to stay he is unlikely to replicate his former exceptional performances. If the player’s heart isn’t in the club it shows on the pitch, and would show to onlooking fans. If the Brazilian stayed he would ultimately cause an uncomfortable atmosphere at Anfield amongst not just the supporters in the stands but also within his team mates. The huge offer could not only recoup some of the funs used on signings this summer, but it would allow the club to make some last minute recruits before deadline day. Liverpool should sell Coutinho and use the money to build and strengthen their defence.
In other Liverpool transfer news, this Reds attacker has sealed an exit from the club.