Liverpool round-up: £138m Coutinho bid expected; Real Madrid winger linked; winger loan decision
In concerning news for Liverpool fans, Sky Sports claim that Barcelona are set to launch a £138 million move for Philippe Coutinho in a fourth bid. The Catalans had seemed to have given up on the Brazilian but are clearly ready for one last offer, which is believed to include around £101 million paid up-front.
However, the Liverpool Echo say that no bid has yet been received by the club, and when it is received it will be instantly rejected. The club have stood firm and rejected all bids for the number ten despite the fact that he has submitted a formal transfer request to the club. That could put an end to Barcelona’s hopes of signing the midfielder this summer.
One player could head from Spain to Anfield though as Don Balon report that Liverpool have joined Arsenal in showing an interest in exciting Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez. The 26-year-old is little more than a bit part player in Zinedine Zidane’s squad and could be on the lookout for regular first team football.
Zidane has been unable to promise him more regular opportunities and as such he could look for a move, with Roma also believed to be interested. With rapid pace and good technical ability, he could be a suitable addition to Liverpool’s front three as Jurgen Klopp looks to add depth.
If Vazquez were to arrive, it would likely have an impact on youngster Ryan Kent. The 20-year-old recently put pen to paper on a new long term deal but could now head out on loan, according to the Liverpool Echo, with Hannover 96 one of several Bundesliga sides believed to be interested.
There are also offers from the Championship, where he played last season with Barnsley, registering three goals and three assists in 47 games for the struggling side. He impressed in pre-season and now Klopp must decide whether to keep him close to the first team squad or to loan him out for game time.