It would appear that Liverpool are destined to lose Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
The Reds managed to stave Barcelona off in the summer, rejecting three bids for the Brazilian playmaker before the window shut, but it appears that they will struggle to repeat that accomplishment this time around.
Multiple reports suggest Barcelona are confident that they will get their number one target in the coming days, Liverpool’s chances of keeping Coutinho weakened by the player’s desire to move to the Camp Nou.
Doubts over Coutinho’s future were increased when Nike advertised Barcelona kits with the Brazil international’s name on the back of them.
It was obviously a mistake, and the adverts were quickly removed. But it could soon become a reality.
"I heard about it. I couldn't be less interested in anything in the world,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said about the Nike advert, per Sky Sports.
"But somebody told me and I thought 'wow'. Top story."
Barcelona's bid is coming
Credit to Klopp, who is putting on an impressive poker face as he prepares to deal with the seemingly inevitable exit of his star man.
Barcelona’s highest offer for Coutinho in the summer was €130 million plus €40m in add-ons, according to The Guardian.
It was rejected, and so one imagines Barça’s next offer will also be turned away.
According to Guillem Balague, the Spanish club are about to submit a bid of €110m plus €40m for Coutinho.
That’s less than The Guardian reported their third offer to be. Strange.
Balague wrote on Twitter on Tuesday evening: “About Coutinho. Barcelona will soon make an offer of €110+40.
“Chairman Bartomeu feels in debt to him for how hard he's trying to go to FCB. Their top players want him.
“LFC have changed their tone but have not put price to him. They will act when offer arrives. Which it will.”
Liverpool fans react
Needless to say, Liverpool supporters felt offended by the offer.
Barcelona paid £96.8m for Ousmane Dembele last summer (a fee that could rise to £135.5m) and, despite the Frenchman’s obvious talent, Coutinho is more proven.
So it seems likely Liverpool will reject the offer that Balague claims is incoming.
Especially considering the Reds have just spent £75m on Virgil van Dijk.
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