Barcelona preparing massive third bid for Coutinho as Man United re-open talks to sign Perisic

Our latest transfer round-up features Philippe Coutinho edging closer to Barcelona move as Manchester United consider another bid for Ivan Perisic

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
13th August 2017

article:13th August 2017

Another day in football, another wave of transfer rumours to keep up on. Take a look at the most recent names and gossip being floated around in the media.

Will any of the following deals happen?


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PHILIPPE COUTINHO

Barcelona are preparing to submit a fresh bid in excess of £100 million for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to the Daily Express

The Catalans have so far failed with bids of £72 million and £90 million for the Brazilian who lodged a transfer request on Friday.

The Reds value their star midfielder at £145 million – and continue to be reluctant to sell.

The saga could continue until the end of the transfer window as Barcelona seek a replacement for Neymar.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Coutinho has been the subject of interest from Barcelona in the past, but it now looks likely he will leave Anfield after submitting a transfer request.

The playmaker only signed a new five-year deal in January which made him the club’s highest earner on £150,000 per week, and with no release clause, the club are in a strong position if they are to negotiate with the Spanish giants.

Liverpool will not want to lose a player of his calibre, but a £140 million fee would be difficult to withstand.

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

IVAN PERISIC

Manchester United are set to launch a third bid for Inter Milan star Ivan Perisic, according to the Mirror.

United have had two bids for the Croatian rejected, but it is believed the Red Devils are close to meeting his £48 million asking price.

Jose Mourinho has made no secrets of his desire to sign a pacy winger, and the versatile 28-year-old looks a perfect fit for United’s hard-working midfield system.

Perisic was impressive in Serie A last season, scoring 11 goals in 38 games.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Perisic is a fans’ favourite at the San Siro and Inter will do all they can to keep last season’s dream team together.

Although Mourinho admitted that only 75 per cent of his transfer targets have been delivered this transfer window, it looks unlikely Ed Woodward will shell out nearly £50 million for a player who will turn 29 in February.

Ivan Perisic

Ivan Perisic

DANNY DRINWKATER

Chelsea are planning a second bid worth £25 million for Leicester City star Danny Drinkwater, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The Blues already had a £15 million rejected – but Antonio Conte is planning a more improved offer as they seek to sign three more players before the end of the transfer window.

Conte has been impressed with the 27-year-old’s work rate and wanted to sign him last season but the Foxes wouldn’t sanction a double swoop – with N’Golo Kante already putting pen to paper on a deal at Stamford Bridge.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Leicester will again have no interest in selling Drinkwater, so it’s a matter of how much the player himself wants to leave.

The Englishman only put pen to paper on a new four-year contract last summer so he may be tempted to stay around the comforts of the King Power Stadium.

However, with Nemanja Matic leaving Stamford Bridge, there remains a position to fill, and a move for Drinkwater would put him in a formidable position of challenging for trophies once again.

Danny Drinkwater

Danny Drinkwater


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