It was reported earlier this week that Barcelona had finally given up on Philippe Coutinho and had turned their attention to Jean Michael Seri, Ousmane Dembele and Angel Di Maria instead.
This was information provided by Sky Sports’ Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, whose message left concerned Liverpool fans breathing a huge sense of relief.
Finally, after weeks of uncertainty, the saga finally appeared to have ended.
However, Sky Sports now understand that Balague’s information was, unfortunately for Liverpool supporters, wide of the mark.
Barcelona are, contrary to Balague’s report, set to make another bid for the Brazilian playmaker. And this time it’s a truly insane offer.
Sky understand that Barça will offer Liverpool an eye-watering £101 million up front for Coutinho, with an additional £37 million in bonuses.
That adds up to a mind-blowing £138 million.
"Philippe has never been more determined to leave Liverpool,” a source in Spain told Sky Sports News. "To suggest Barca are thinking of backing out and calling it a day, is absolute nonsense.
"They're all in now; their cards are on the table and they'll never give up the fight."
Reaction to Barcelona's latest Coutinho bid plan
Here’s how Twitter has reacted to Barcelona’s latest planned bid for Coutinho…
Can Liverpool really turn down £138m?
Surely Liverpool won’t turn down £138 million for Coutinho, will they?
He’s obviously a great player - and there’s not long left before the summer transfer window closes - but we’re talking about £138 million here. One-hundred and thirty-eight million pounds.
It’s an extraordinary about of money for any player, let alone a 25-year-old player who has only scored more than 10 league goals in one season so far in his career.
Liverpool have already made their decision
However, according to Chris Bascombe, the Telegraph’s Merseyside Football Reporter, Liverpool will reject it.
“Been no 4th bid for Coutinho... yet,” Bascombe tweeted, before adding: “If/when it comes the response will be same.”
Just when you thought football couldn’t get any weirder.
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