Paper Talk: Liverpool put a price on Coutinho & watch left-back

Date published: Thursday 3rd November 2016 8:30

Liverpool have put a modest price tag on the head of Philippe Coutinho, while Jurgen Klopp is watching a young English left-back.


Liverpool have placed a £68million asking price on Philippe Coutinho, according to Le 10 sport.

The Ligue 1 leaders have reportedly made the Reds’ No 10 their number one transfer target and they could be ready to pay big for the 24-year-0ld Brazil international.

PSG reportedly made a bid of just £23million for Coutinho over the summer – an offer which was quickly given short shrift and now the Reds have put a price tag on the head of their prize asset.

Coutinho is under contract at Anfield until 2020 and reports earlier this week suggested the club were ready to offer Coutinho a new bumper contract in order to ward off potential suitors Barcelona.

Spanish publication Sport recently suggested that Coutinho is open to a move to Barcelona and the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian reportedly made contact with Barca but the La Liga side informed him that their attacking options were well stocked.

The playmaker has made 117 appearances for the club and scored 25 goals, including for this season, as well as four assists.

Coutinho, Klopp


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is believed to be on the trail of Hull starlet Josh Tymon.

The 17-year-old left-back is also believed to be interesting Everton and Arsenal, according to The Sun, but Klopp has targeted the youngster and could make a move in January.

Liverpool boss Klopp wants to add a left-back to his squad after failing to land Leicester youngster Ben Chilwell in the summer and he had the Hull-born star watched in the Tigers 2-1 EFL Cup win at Bristol City last month.


Chelsea’s Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, would consider a loan move in January but only to a leading European club. (Squawka)

Fabregas will not leave Chelsea this season, despite being out of favour under manager Antonio Conte. (Sun)

Real Madrid are interested in signing Manchester City’s former Atletico striker Sergio Aguero, 28. (Mirror)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, 53, says he will remain at Old Trafford “for many years” despite their slow start to the season. (Sun)

Chelsea captain John Terry, 35, will be offered at least £8m a year to play for Guangzhou Evergrande, for whom he is an ambassador, in the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mail)

West Ham are watching 27-year-old Sunderland centre-back Lamine Kone, while Everton could make another attempt to sign the Ivory Coast international. (Mirror)

Midfielder Joey Barton, 34, will only train with Rangers’ youth teams after he was told to report back to the club’s base after a suspension. (Press Association)

Interim England boss Gareth Southgate is watching Middlesbrough midfielder Adam Forshaw, 25, and could call him up for the games against Scotland and Spain. (Telegraph)

Southampton are in takeover talks with a Chinese consortium, which could pay £200m for the Premier League club. (Bloomberg)

Tim Sherwood is being lined up to be QPR’s next boss if struggling Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink fails to get a result against Nottingham Forest on Saturday (Sun)

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Jose Mourinho plans to ditch Dutch flop Memphis Depay in January (Sun)

Memphis Depay is fighting for his Manchester United future after being left out of the squad for the Europa League match at Fenerbahce and Dick Advocaat, the Turkish club’s boss and Depay’s first head coach, says he may have to leave Old Trafford to further his career (Guardian)

Sunderland do not plan to sack David Moyes – even if they lose at Bournemouth on Saturday (Sun)

Former Southampton boss Francesco Guidolin is a shock contender for the Inter Milan job (Sun)

Mikel Arteta was the man who wound up Lionel Messi when celebrating Manchester City’s 3-1 win on Tuesday (Sun)

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho tweeted to deny reports he clashed with Lionel Messi after Tuesday’s 3-1 Champions League win over Barcelona.

Sunderland boss David Moyes still has the backing of the club’s owner Ellis Short and chief executive Martin Bain despite failing to win a league game. (Mail)

Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, 23, is not interested in rumours linking him with a move to Chelsea or Manchester United. (Goal)

Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore, 21, who is on loan at Ajax, is not in good shape, according to the Dutch side’s head coach Peter Bosz. (Voetbal International)

Liverpool transfer target Christian Pulisic has hinted that he would be open to a move to Anfield by revealing his love for English football (Mail)

Southampton boss Claude Puel is targeting Atalanta rising star Franck Kessie for a January move (Mirror)

West Ham United striker Andy Carroll was threatened at gunpoint on his way home from training on Wednesday (Mail)

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