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Barcelona plots another Philippe Coutinho transfer bid from Liverpool

Phillipe Coutinho

Barcelona are expected to make a second bid for Liverpool star Phillippe Coutinho, according to Sky sources.

Liverpool have already turned down a £72m bid, insisting the Brazilian is “100 per cent not for sale”.

That was a message echoed by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on Friday as he outlined Coutinho’s importance to Liverpool.

Coutinho enjoyed a superb 2016/17 campaign, scoring 13 times and providing seven assists in 31 Premier League appearances as Liverpool finished fourth and secured Champions League qualification.

The 25-year-old could serve as a replacement for Neymar at Barca if his compatriot decides to leave for Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar’s chances of moving in this summer’s transfer window are “90 per cent”, a source in Spain close to the player has said.

It is understood he has decided to leave the club after becoming increasingly frustrated at “playing second fiddle” to Lionel Messi.

Sky Sports

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