Barcelona plan second Philippe Coutinho transfer bid

Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona are expected to make a second bid for Liverpool star Phillippe Coutinho, according to Sky sources.

Liverpool have already turned down a £72m bid, insisting the Brazilian is "100 per cent not for sale".

That was a message echoed by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on Friday as he outlined Coutinho's importance to Liverpool.

Coutinho enjoyed a superb 2016/17 campaign, scoring 13 times and providing seven assists in 31 Premier League appearances as Liverpool finished fourth and secured Champions League qualification.

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The 25-year-old could serve as a replacement for Neymar at Barca if his compatriot decides to leave for Paris Saint-Germain.

Neymar's chances of moving in this summer's transfer window are "90 per cent", a source in Spain close to the player has told Sky Sports News.

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It is understood he has decided to leave the club after becoming increasingly frustrated at "playing second fiddle" to Lionel Messi.

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