Barca Agree £108m for Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

Southampton defender Bednarek ready to fight for starting spot

Liverpool legend and and former England international Jamie Carragher lamented the possible sale of the club's star man, saying: "Not just as a Liverpool fan but as a Premier League fan you want to keep a player of that quality in our league".

At a time when we are speculating his possible sensational big money move to FC Barcelona, the PES 2018 front cover shows Coutinho in a Brazilian jersey.

Coutinho's contract does not have buyout clause.

The Catalans are understood to have had bids of £72m and £80m turned down by the Merseysiders, with the Reds desperate to keep hold of their prized asset.

There have been a few transfer sagas this summer, but the one that is gathering the most pace as August begins to take shape is Liverpool's Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona. Values are very important to us and players need to feel like they are at the best club in the world'. Have your say in the comments section below.

The La Liga outfit have cash in abundance after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for €222m (£200m) earlier this week.

Barcelona will pay £81.6million initially in a deal that could rise up to £108.8million.

Turan was Neymar's backup last season and no replacement has been found for the Brazilian since his move to PSG.

Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez is also on the verge of joining Barcelona and the club are stilling pursuing Borussia Dortmund attacker Ousmane Dembele.

Meanwhile, reports on Tuesday suggested that Coutinho had not been training and that there was a Barcelona delegation in Liverpool to discuss the transfer.

"Did he say they come to Liverpool and do business?"

The Reds rubbished reports that Barcelona officials Raul Sanllehi, Oscar Grau and Javier Bordas travelled to Merseyside for negotiations.

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