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Liverpool close in on 'African Xavi' as Coutinho could go on strike to force through Barcelona move: transfer rumours

Liverpool star PHILIPPE COUTINHO is prepared to go to desperate measures to force through his proposed transfer to Barcelona, according to today's transfer rumours.

The Brazilian last week handed in a transfer request and Barcelona are rumoured to be readying a third bid of £137 million for the player.

Now Mundo Deportivo are reporting that Coutinho is determined to force through the move and has told Jurgen Klopp that he does not intend to play for the club again, even if it means sacrificing his place at next year's World Cup.

Meanwhile, TransferMarketWeb report that Liverpool are close to sealing a transfer for Nice midfielder JEAN MICHAEL SERI. The Ivory Coast international is seen as an alternative to Naby Keita and has a reported £36.4m release clause in his contract. He has been dubbed the 'African Xavi'.

Chelsea are getting ready to be the first club to make a move for DANNY ROSE since his explosive interview. The England full-back slammed his club Tottenham and now, also in the Sun, there are reports linking Chelsea with a £50 million move for the 27 year-old.

L'Equipe reports Spurs have agreed a deal to sign Paris St Germain right-back SERGE AURIER to replace Kyle Walker, but must wait on a court ruling before they can complete the deal.

Aurier is currently banned from entering the UK after being given a two-year suspended sentence for attacking a police officer in 2016.

The Ivory Coast international has appealed, and the outcome may not be known before the transfer window shuts.

Antonio Conte's bid to strengthen his Chelsea squad has met with further frustration after a third bid for Juventus full-back ALEX SANDRO was rejected, according to the Daily Mail.

The London Evening Standard reports Conte now wants the Brazilian to put in a transfer request to ease his exit from Turin.

One man still looking to leave Stamford Bridge is DIEGO COSTA.

With Atletico Madrid under a transfer ban, reports in Spain say Deportivo La Coruna offered to take him on a short-term basis until Atletico's ban is lifted in January, but found his wages to be prohibitive.

ONLINE/SOCIAL ROUND-UP

@talkSPORT: Roma have ended their pursuit of #LCFC star Riyad Mahrez as club refuse to meet valuation

@MARCAinENGLISH: Barcelona will have to spend big to get Dembele! @BVB refuse to lower their €150 million asking price.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

WILLIAM CARVALHO: West Ham continue to be linked with a deal for Sporting's Portuguese midfielder but are struggling to agree a price.

RYAN SESSEGNON: The Fulham youngster was linked with several top clubs early in the window and fresh reports say Tottenham want the 17-year-old.

MAROUANE FELLAINI: Juventus are reportedly keen on the Belgian after he was pushed down the pecking order at Manchester United by Nemanja Matic's arrival.

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