Bad news for Barcelona, €130m target urged to snub Catalan giants in favour of Euro rivals

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After a summer-long transfer saga, Barcelona were unable to prise Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool, but speculation suggests that they could try again in January.

The Guardian noted that Barcelona submitted three separate bids, the last coming in at €130m, and it still wasn’t considered enough.

In turn, it remains to be seen how the situation changes in the New Year, but they may not be alone in attempting to convince the Brazilian international to quit Anfield.

Liverpool fans certainly won’t appreciate these comments from Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva as they’ll be keen to see Coutinho stay and remain a pivotal figure in Jurgen Klopp’s side, but Silva evidently hopes that his compatriot will join him in the French capital next year.

“I talk a lot with Coutinho. I hope that at the end of the season or even before, it could be a nice surprise for us,” he said, as reported by The Mirror, via Telefoot.

It remains to be seen whether it’s enough to persuade Coutinho to snub interest from Barcelona, but it does present him with a difficult decision as both clubs will offer significant assurances of winning trophies, while both will have realistic ambitions of also winning the Champions League.

Coutinho has been in fine form so far this season despite struggling with injury concerns, scoring five goals and providing four assists in 10 appearances in all competitions.

As a result, there should be no doubt over his ability to fit into either side, but ultimately with Barcelona needing to eventually replace stalwart and club icon Andres Iniesta, the 25-year-old would seem like the perfect player to do so as he has all the technical quality, vision and creative ability to fit into the style of play at the Nou Camp.

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