Barcelona to make January bid for Philippe Coutinho

Guillem Balague says Barcelona will return with an €80m (£71m) bid for Philippe Coutinho in January, plus five more things from this weekend’s La Liga action…

The Sky Sports Spanish football expert returns with his weekly column and kicks off with an update on Liverpool star Coutinho.

Balague also discusses Luis Suarez’s slump at Barcelona, Atletico Madrid’s back-to-basics approach and Leganes’ unlikely rise…

If you ask most people they will agree it doesn’t make much sense for Liverpool to sell Coutinho in January but Barcelona will still try.

They will put about €80m (£71m) on the table and will look to test Liverpool’s resolve. Barca feel the conditions are still there for the player to leave – they think he will still be very useful to them considering the departure of Neymar as he has not been replaced.

Remember Barca did not want Coutinho until they started to use him as a way to keep Neymar from PSG. Once Neymar left they realised he could fill that gap anyway.

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