Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the transfer waters, Philippe Coutinho’s summer move to Barcelona rears its ugly head once again.
With Liverpool standing firm to keep the Brazil international — who was seen training with his national team despite not having played for his club yet this season due to illness and injury — Barcelona are once again ready to up their bid.
So how much will Barca pay after having three enormous bids rejected already? According to Yahoo Sports, a Spain and England record fee of €160 million including add-ons.
But there continues to be two (three?) sides to this never-ending transfer tale, with the Liverpool Echo saying that the Anfield club’s CEO Peter Moore has rubbished the latest report suggesting that Coutinho will be a Barcelona player by the end of the week.
And to further muddy the waters, Mundo Deportivo reports that the Catalans have readied a “Plan B” if they cannot prise Coutinho away from Liverpool, with Paulo Dybala, Antoine Griezmann and Thomas Lemar as suitable replacement options.
One thing we know for sure: this saga will have an ending one way or the other by Thursday.