Barcelona, armed with £198m from Neymar’s departure, have made Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho their top target to replace him. Kop boss Jurgen Klopp

Barca ready £120m for Philippe Coutinho deal

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Barcelona, armed with £198m from Neymar’s departure, have made Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho their top target to replace him. Kop boss Jurgen Klopp insists Coutinho, 25, is not for sale. But Barca are ready to test that stance with a record offer to a British club of up to £120m.

And the cash-rich Catalan club also intend paying £70m for Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele – which will impact on THREE Premier League clubs. The London trio of Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal all want French attacker Dembele, 20.

But they are set to be blown out of the water by Barcelona as they spend their Neymar windfall. There could also be an additional problem for Premier League champions Chelsea if Barca do not land Coutinho.

The next name on Barcelona’s list of targets is likely to be Stamford Bridge star Eden Hazard, 26.

Barca, like Real Madrid, Manchester City and a host of Europe’s biggest clubs, are predictably being linked with Monaco sensation Kylian Mbappe, 18, too.

Neymar sacrificed a bumper loyalty bonus from Barcelona by switching to PSG.The Brazil forward will reportedly earn £27m a year, or around £520,000 a week AFTER tax.

But his father and manager Neymar Santos Sr will miss out on a £23m loyalty bonus from Barcelona.

A Nou Camp spokesman said: “There were conditions, such as the player must not negotiate his departure during the month before the bonus became payable.”

 

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