Aug 10, 2017

Liverpool round-up: Coutinho bid rejected; RB Leipzig admit Keita could leave; Brazilian scouted

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Liverpool took just 35 minutes to reject a €100 million (£90 million) bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, according to Spanish journalist Guillem Balague. The deal reportedly offered €85 million (£76.8 million) up-front, with a further €15 million (£13.6 million) in add-ons but was rejected out of hand. That said, the Daily Mail believe that Barcelona will return with another bid.

Marca say that Jurgen Klopp is the biggest obstacle to the move, and Sport believe that Coutinho will not submit a transfer request to force a move. As such, it seems hard to imagine that the deal will come to fruition with less than three weeks until the transfer deadline at the end of this month.

Another huge deal could be delayed until next summer, as Red Bull Leipzig sporting director Ralf Rangnick told Bild, as translated by the Mirror, that Naby Keita could leave the club in 12 months time. Rangnick revealed:

“Next season it is so that Naby theoretically has the option to go. I’m assuming that he’s playing a strong season, even in the Champions League. And then there will be big clubs that are also interested in him. Therefore, it will probably be difficult to keep him. We always said, if players develop faster than our club, then it will also be that a player leaves us. [But] It’s important that Naby is still playing this season.”

Liverpool failed in their pursuit of the Guinean this summer but are expected to return next summer. Whether or not Jurgen Klopp will look to an alternative to bolster his midfield this month remains to be seen, but Keita is likely to be a top target for the Reds once again.

Another possible target is Brazilian striker Luan. Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte say that Liverpool have sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old who has scored 11 goals and registered five assists in 22 games for Gremio this season. That could suggest that they are considering a potential future move.

The striker often plays as a false nine and has been likened in style to Roberto Firmino and could be a feasible target for the Merseyside club. Given that Klopp is looking to add depth, Luan could be an interesting addition who would add a different dimension up-front to the likes of Daniel Sturridge.

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Sam is a Southend United fan and student based in the South-West. He has previously worked for various publications, including FourFourTwo magazine and ITV. Sam also has an extensive knowledge of Spanish football and has previously lived and worked in Spain. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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