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Coutinho: Barcelona 'close' to signing Liverpool star

Coutinho: Barcelona 'close' to signing Liverpool star

Mundo Deportivo and the Daily Mail are reporting that Barca directors Oscar Grau, Raul Sanllehi and Javier Bordas have arrived on Merseyside to conduct what are said to be 'final negotiations' over a move for Coutinho, with a view to the player making his Barcelona debut against Real Madrid this weekend.

The Nou Camp club has seen two offers turned down by Liverpool, but they believe that a third will be able to convince Liverpool to part with their star.

Gabriel Sans in Mundo Deportivo even comes across as an upset kid when he reveals how Liverpool are refusing to name their price for Philippe Coutinho.

"In the end they will try and get Barcelona up to a magic figure that they think is right".

The Catalan giants have stepped up the chase for the Brazilian playmaker, with a delegation from Spain reportedly in England ready to thrash out a deal.

"Liverpool is not a club that needs to sell".

"Today, no player on the planet is untouchable", he said, no doubt referring to Neymar's world-record move to Paris.

"Also you have to ask, if you have the time to react". In such a scenario, the Merseysiders and the Bundesliga club are looking at Athletic Bilbao's Inaki Williams, who has a release clause of €50million in his contract.

In Germany, Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz revealed that Ousmane Dembele missed a training session without permission yesterday, with reports suggesting that the 20-year-old forward could join Barcelona. "He's got to be worth more than that".

Klopp acknowledged this, saying it was "a question of timing" as much as it was a question of the importance of the player.

Liverpool have rejected a second bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, according to several reports. That is set in stone. Liverpool have had no plans to meet Barcelona to discuss Coutinho's transfer.