Barca to make second Coutinho bid

Barcelona are expected to make a second offer for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho after seeing an initial €80m bid rejected, say reports.

Sky Sports reports the English club are expecting the Blaugrana to return with a second bid this week to follow on from reports in El Mundo Deportivo that the former Inter man is now Barca’s priority.

Barca reportedly envisage the 25-year-old, who is usually deployed in an attacking front-three in England, as Andres Iniesta’s heir in the midfield.

Coutinho signed a new deal at the Reds last season until 2022 and they are ‘fully confident’ he will not become distracted by such reports.

33-year-old Iniesta’s contract at the Camp Nou expires next season and even if he does put pen to paper on a new deal, it is likely he will feature less regularly in the first-team.

Reports from the Catalan press suggest Coutinho and international teammate Paulinho are Barca’s two prime transfer targets now in a bid to persuade Neymar to reject advances from Paris Saint-Germain.

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