Barcelona to make £138m bid for Liverpool’s Coutinho

Date published: Wednesday 23rd August 2017 10:00

Barcelona have prepared a fourth – and potentially final – bid for Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho.

Barca have pursued Coutinho throughout the summer, with the Brazilian handing in a transfer request a fortnight ago.

Liverpool rejected said request however, and are adamant that they will not sell the player.

The Catalan club have had three bids rejected already, one of £72million, one of £90m, then a third of around £114m.

A fourth is now in the offing, with Sky Sports News reporting that Barca will make an offer ‘that could rise to £138m’.

The breakdown is rather more simple than their third offer. It involves a payment of £101m up front, with £37m in bonuses.

The add-ons are linked to Champions League appearances, and are ‘more easily achievable’ than the farcical additional payments included in the third bid.

A Spanish source told Sky Sports: “Philippe has never been more determined to leave Liverpool.

“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.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reiterated on Tuesday that Coutinho was not for sale.

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