Following Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain last week, the Catalan giants are in the market for a replacement and have already seen a £72m bid rejected by the Merseyside giants for the Brazilian earlier in the summer.
Barca’s pursuit of the Reds no.10 was given a huge boost on Monday as it was reported the 25-year-old, who missed the 3-1 pre-season win over Athletic Bilbao at the weekend, is keen on a move to the Camp Nou – provided the two teams can reach a amicable agreement.
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In order to convince Liverpool into selling their prized asset it appears a big offer will be required.
According to the Times, Barca are prepared to pay in the region of £120m to successfully conclude their pursuit of Coutinho and finally break the Reds’ stance that the player is not for sale at any price and won’t be sold this summer.
Philippe Coutinho in the Premier League:
Most goals scored by a Brazilian (34)
Most assists by a Brazilian (29)
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Furthermore, the report states that this offer will firmly test the resolve of Liverpool’s owners and it’s expected that the weeks leading up to the closing of the transfer window will be seen as a defining period of FSG’s tenure.
Philippe Coutinho odds-on to join Barcelona
Bookmakers Ladbrokes certainly feel Coutinho swapping Anfield for the Camp Nou is a very real possibility. So real that the Brazilian international is now odds-on to complete a move before the window shuts at the end of this month.
Coutinho’s form for Liverpool in the Premier League across the past five seasons per 90
Callum Bunce of Ladbrokes said: “Barcelona’s an attractive proposition for any top player and punters believe that Coutinho’s move is looking more likely by the day.”
He added: “And the spending won’t stop there as the odds suggest Dembele will be departing Germany for Spain sooner rather than later, whilst Lemar looks destined for north London instead.”