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Barcelona board stunned as Liverpool up Coutinho asking price

Liverpool have upped their price for Philippe Coutinho.

Despite their world record deal for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk on Wednesday, there remains pessimism in Barcelona that a deal for January can be done over Coutinho.

AS says the Reds have raised the stakes, insisting Coutinho can only leave next month for a fee of €160m.

Barca believe they can convince Liverpool to still sell if they propose a structured deal involving staggered payments. However, there is a split inside the boardroom over whether Coutinho warrants such a fee being paid.

Ousmane Dembele left Borussia Dortmund for Barca in August for a fee in the region of €140m - a barometer Liverpool are using to evaluate Coutinho.

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