Atletico Madrid prepare January bid for Liverpool playmaker

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Atletico Madrid are planning a £20million bid for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho when the transfer window reopens in January, reports the Daily Express.

The 21-year-old Brazilian only arrived at Anfield from Inter Milan in an £8.5million deal at the turn of the year, but is already attracting a growing list of admirers.

Coutinho's fine form for Brendan Rodgers's side has not gone unnoticed around Europe, with Diego Simeone ready to tempt the Merseyside club into selling the exciting young star, with a lucrative offer more than double what Liverpool paid for him less than 12 months ago.

Atletico actually enquired about Coutinho's availability in the summer, but were swiftly knocked back by the Premier League outfit.

But, they are ready to renew interest again in January, providing they secure the finances gained from progression from the Champions League group stages this season.

Coutinho is currently sidelined by the shoulder injury picked up in Liverpool's 2-2 draw with Swansea City earlier this month, but following successful shoulder surgery is expected to return to action before the end of October.

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