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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho on Ballon d'Or shortlist

12 October 2017, 12:57 | Marlene Fleming

GETTYPhilippe Coutinho is expected to be chased by Barcelona again in January

Philippe Coutinho in action for Liverpool

Coutinho handed in a transfer request at Liverpool, who reportedly rebuffed three bids from Barca during the closing weeks of the window - the last of which was understood to have come in at £119 million (A$202 million).

Just when Liverpool thought they had a battle on their hands to keep Philippe Coutinho out of Barcelona's clutches, a new club has entered the race to sign the Brazilian.

"We are [financially] prepared to sign Coutinho or any other player in January", Barca CEO Oscar Grau said at a news conference on Wednesday. "We want to have the team as competitive as possible ". The 25-year-old has scored in three straight matches for Liverpool and deserves attention from Europe's biggest clubs.

However, there is no indication of what such a bid would be although the report does suggests it would be similar to those lodged during summer, thought to be €110m, of which €80m was paid up front.

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Barcelona's summer interest appeared to have an affect on Coutinho.

It would be a big move, swapping his homeland for Brazil, but if Coutinho does move on he may find it hard to replace a man he is likely to idolise given the latter's own journey.

Yet with the Reds seventh in the Premier League, and showing little evidence that the defence is on the rise, there will always be a part of Coutinho that has eyes on a move to the Camp Nou.

Klopp failed to sign top target Virgil van Dijk from Southampton in the summer transfer window to leave the Liverpool boss with centre-halves Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan. Let us know in the comments section below!



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