One-time Ballon d'Or victor claims Coutinho isn't the solution to Barcelona's mess

21 August, 2017, 01:47 | Author: Douglas Reid
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"You never know in football of course but if Barcelona are true to their word they will withdraw the offer tonight because Liverpool have got no intention of selling", he said.

But the Bundesliga outfit will want an astronomical fee, not least as they know Barca recently received £200 million from Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar. "We all need to understand that we need to work for the team", he said.

But Dortmund have denied those claims with respect to their 20-year-old star.

Bayern have signed a number of players from Dortmund in recent years, including Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels, but Hoeness has described Barca's attempts to bring Dembele to Camp Nou as "the lowest class".

Wrapping up the deal quickly would be in the best interests for Barcelona, who will be without striker Luis Suarez for a period after the Uruguay worldwide picked up a knee injury during the 5-1 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the Supercopa.

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Coutinho handed in a transfer request to Liverpool earlier this month as he strives to secure his dream move to Barcelona.

On Friday, Sky Sports News reported that Liverpool rejected a third bid from Barca, believed to be in the region of £113m, and it has now been claimed that the Catalans are close to conceding defeat.

Speaking on Thursday ahead of the Reds clash against Crystal Palace, the German insisted that there was no development in the Coutinho saga, with the club already having rejected a £90.4m bid and stated that the Brazilian was not for sale. "Today, I have to say I'm no longer sure about that".

'I cannot explain what he is telling me.

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