Barcelona to test Liverpool with new £80million Coutinho bid

Date published: Sunday 23rd July 2017 12:33

Barcelona are preparing a second bid for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho after their initial offer was rejected, according to reports.

The Catalan side are understood to have bid £72million for the Brazilian but that offer was knocked back by the Merseysiders.

However, the Daily Mirror claims that Barca will try to test the Reds’ resolve by going back with a bigger offer of £80million.

Coutinho signed a new five-year deal only last season but the Daily Mirror‘s sources in Spain have indicated that Barcelona are prepared to ‘go the distance’ in the battle for the midfielder.

Jurgen Klopp moved to reassure fans this week that Coutinho won’t be sold in the same manner as Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling in past windows.

“With Suarez I was far away,” Klopp said.

“When the club sold Sterling I was maybe the last to know about it. So those ­situations have nothing to do with this one.

“We are approaching a very important moment and we want to get better. For this we have to keep our key players. So that’s the answer.

“I can say 20 times, he is not for sale.

“If you ask the other question the other way and I say, there has been no assurance [from owners FSG], you make the story the other way. There is no story for me.”

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