Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have been rubbing their eyes in disbelief at the bar today, after being made aware of some sensational reports.
The Sun claims Barcelona’s desperation to replace Neymar has led the Catalan giants to raise their offer for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho to an eye-watering £136m, offering the Brazilian star a five-year deal in the process.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is determined to keep hold of the South American but Coutinho himself is pushing for an exit, having recently handed in a transfer request, and the club may find it difficult to keep hold of the former Inter Milan ace.
Barcelona have already failed with three approaches for Liverpool’s star-player but believe they can still get a deal over the line due to Coutinho’s desire to move to the Nou Camp, although it all depends on whether Klopp’s side agree to do business.
Yet to play this season due to injury, Liverpool’s chances of retaining Coutinho’s services in the long-term seem slim and this offer may be too good to turn down.
It’s debatable whether Liverpool’s most important asset truly is Philippe Coutinho, as Sadio Mane has performed excellently since moving from Southampton last summer, but there’s no denying that the Reds would be stupid to turn down such an audacious sum of money.
Coutinho is not a player worth a three-figure sum and Liverpool will struggle to find this sort of offer for the Brazilian in the future, which is a concern as he could increase his requests to leave if he doesn’t seal an exit next week.
With £100m to spend, Liverpool could land a handful of players they need to improve a squad that still looks weaker than some of their rivals.
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