Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly interested in signing Philippe Coutinho.
According to French outlet Le 10 Sport, the mega rich French club will return with an improved offer in January after seeing a £22 million bid for Coutinho rejected in the summer.
Given that the Brazilian’s contract doesn’t expire until 2020, and how impressive he has been for the Anfield club, it seems any move PSG make will fall on deaf ears. Jurgen Klopp is trying to build something special at Liverpool and he’s not about to throw a year’s worth of work down the drain by selling the Reds’ standout player.
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And Liverpool fans will have a hard time believing Coutinho left for anything other than the money if he did end up signing for PSG. He’s loved on Merseyside, and the French champions, despite the wealth, appear unable to crack Europe no matter how much they spend.
Yet PSG are just one club out of many who will have noticed the 24-year-old’s stellar performances. He might say no to them, but maybe not every interested party.
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Liverpool’s Fans' Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year for the past two seasons, Coutinho is slowly but surely establishing himself in the Brazil side.
That kind of recognition attracts attention, and it would appear that Barcelona are ready to act.
According to Neil Moxley, journalist for the Sunday People, the Spanish giants are ready to make a move for the former Inter Milan ace.
His efforts this season - which include four goals, including a stunning free-kick against Arsenal on the opening day of the season - have caught the eye of Barca chiefs and they’re eager to unite him with Brazil teammate Neymar.
Such a loss would of course harm Klopp’s rebuild. And so Liverpool have come up with a plan to fend off the Spanish champions.
Coutinho signed a contract extension in February 2015 and Liverpool believe another pay rise is the best way to keep him at the club.
The Reds will use money received from the Premier League’s new TV deal, worth £5.1 billion, to offer Coutinho a whopping new deal.
It’s really their only option. Klopp can explain to Coutinho how he plans to turn Liverpool into a European superpower but such assurances would be futile given that Barcelona are already a European superpower.
Elsewhere, Dejan Lovren is also in line for a new deal. In this case, it’s not to ward off Barcelona.
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