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Barcelona make £118M Coutinho bid, Liverpool close to signing Nice star and ex Chelsea ace wants Manchester United move: transfer rumours

Barcelona have returned with a £118 million bid for PHILIPPE COUTINHO, according to today's rumour mill.

The Catalan giants reportedly had a £90M offer for the Brazilian turned down but have now returned with an improved offer and a five-year contract, according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo. Barcelona  general manager Pep Segura has even told Catalan station TV3 that the club are 'close' to signing both Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele.

Meanwhile, there are increasing rumours that Liverpool have turned to Nice star JEAN MICHAEL SERI as an alternative to Naby Keita. The Reds failed to entice RB Leipzig into letting go of their man and will instead land Ivory Coast international Seri, according to TransferMarketWeb. Arsenal are also said to be interested in the man dubbed the African Xavi.

Bayern Munich star ARJEN ROBBEN is hankering for a move to Manchester United, according to the Mail. The 33 year-old scored 16 goals across all competitions last summer and could fancy a final flourish in England, with United thought to be keen to add another winger to their panel.

Tottenham are yet to sign anybody during this transfer window, and are instead fending off further interest in their current players.

The Sun reports that chairman Daniel Levy has warned that DELE ALLI would not be sold even if £150million was offered - news which will disappoint Barcelona and Manchester City.

They also appear to be in no mood to entertain Chelsea's interest in DANNY ROSE, according to the Evening Standard.

North London rivals Arsenal are also doing their best to deter bidders interested in ALEXIS SANCHEZ and ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN.

The Daily Star reports Manchester City have bid £60million for Sanchez, with the Express reporting a £45million bid has already been rejected.

The Sun reports that Arsene Wenger has told Oxlade-Chamberlain he wants him to stay for a "long time" as Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United circle.

It is no secret that United want ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC to re-sign when he has recovered from his knee injury, and the Independent says they will sweeten the deal with a little career development, offering the Swede a coaching role.

ONLINE/SOCIAL ROUND-UP

@talkSPORT - "Fenerbahce want to re-sign former Manchester United winger Nani from Valencia."

@MirrorFootball - "Chelsea and Liverpool target Virgil van Dijk spotted in London in deleted Instagram photo."

PLAYERS TO WATCH

DENIS SUAREZ - Tottenham are said to be interested in Barcelona's former Manchester City midfielder.

GABRIEL - The Arsenal defender could be about to join Valencia after falling down the pecking order.

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