The next two weeks will be vitally important in the upcoming success of Liverpool Football Club.
The number one aim for the Reds will be keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho, who has been the subject of heavy interest from Barcelona.
The Blaugrana’s interest in signing the Brazilian will no doubt have risen to greater heights following their 5-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup.
Adding to that is the fact that Barça have money to spend following the €222 million sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.
Barcelona saw a £72m bid rejected back in July and returned one month later with an offer of £90m, which was also knocked back.
But, undeterred, the Spanish giants have come calling once more.
Barça have made a third bid
According to the Daily Mail, Barcelona have submitted a third offer of €125m - roughly £114m - for Coutinho.
And Goal’s Melissa Reddy has reported that Liverpool have rejected the bid.
That proves just how desperate Liverpool are to keep hold of the playmaker. Barcelona’s third bid would make Coutinho the second-most expensive player in the world but the Reds have no interest in accepting it.
Either that or they’re holding out for even more money.
The majority of Liverpool fans have no desire to see Coutinho leave but, with the player already submitting a transfer request, there must be a few who believe the Reds should cash in, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all showing in last week’s 3-3 draw at Watford that they will cause defences huge problems this season.
One of those who believes Liverpool should sell is former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp, who told Sky Sports that the club can’t turn down “incredible money”.
"It’s difficult now as he doesn’t want to be there – Liverpool is one of the biggest clubs in the world but he doesn’t want to be there," Redknapp said, per the Liverpool Echo.
"You can sell him for £90m so what’s the best for the club?
"It’s getting to the stage where if he doesn’t want to be here, no player is bigger than Liverpool.
"Take the money, he doesn’t want to stay anymore and £90m is good money, incredible money."
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