Barcelona bid €80m to make Coutinho the heir to Iniesta’s midfield throne

 

TOP STORY: Barca bid €80m for Coutinho

As Andres Iniesta enters the final year of his contract, Barcelona have sought out a replacement. And according to the Mail, Philippe Coutinho has been tabbed as the man to fill the 33-year-old World Cup winner's boots in the Blaugrana midfield.

Liverpool, however, are expected to reject the Catalan club's opening bid. With the 25-year-old signing a new deal just last season that keeps him at Anfield through 2022, the Reds are expected to demand at least the £75 million they received when they sold Luis Suarez to Barcelona in 2014.

The Mail writes that Barcelona won't be deterred by that, however, and seek to make a statement in the transfer market after their (so far) failed pursuit of Marco Verratti and the increasingly likely departure of Neymar.

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