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How Coutinho is coaxing Barcelona into making a huge final bid

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The Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona saga appeared to be over yesterday after Liverpool let the deadline pass for their third and, seemingly, final offer.

Barcelona are looking to spend big after recently receiving €222m from PSG for the unexpected sale of Neymar Jr.

The Parisien club triggered the release clause of the former Santos wonderkid and Barca could do little to stop him accepting PSG's lucrative offer.

Linked heavily to Ousmane Dembele and Jean Michael Seri, Barcelona are desperately looking to strengthen their attacking options but are in a very weak negotiating position.

Every club in Europe is aware of the funds at their disposal and the Spanish transfer window slams shut in just over a week.

According to various reliable sources, Liverpool are set to receive a huge final offer for Coutinho from Barcelona.

Sky Sports report that the Catalan giants are to lodge a bid totalling £138m, despite proposing a take-it-or-leave-it final third offer over the weekend.

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The third offer for Coutinho was rejected by Liverpool but the club could perhaps be tempted to sell their star player - £138m is almost four times the price they paid for Mohamed Salah earlier this summer.

How the fourth bid is Coutinho's doing

Coutinho e-mailed a transfer request to Liverpool in August and Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has revealed how the 25-year-old midfielder has now coerced Barcelona into making a fourth and final offer.

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The former Inter Milan youngster is desperate to secure a dream move to the Camp Nou and asked the Spanish club to make one final attempt to sign him.

Barcelona, hopeful of securing his signing in the future, don't want to upset Coutinho and will make a club record offer despite expecting it to be rejected.

See the tweets from Balague below.

Jurgen Klopp insisted his relationship with Coutinho is completely fine despite the player's unrelenting attempts to leave the club.

"Of course, everything is okay between me and him [Coutinho]," Klopp said in his Tuesday Champions League press conference. "Absolutely. 100 per cent."

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The Brazilian international has been sidelined with a back injury at the start of the season and his German manager confirmed a new fitness issue.

"He can't start tomorrow because on top of that he's now ill," Klopp added.

"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."

Liverpool Training Session - UEFA Europa League Final

You would imagine that it could take a little bit of time for Coutinho to repair his relationship with the club.

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