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Lionel Messi learns Philippe Coutinho bombshell before Sporting Lisbon tie

Messi was rested by Barcelona last night as the Catalan giants battled their way to a 2-0 Champions League win over Sporting Lisbon.

All is well over at the Nou Camp these days, with Ernesto Valverde’s side through to the knockout stages of the competition and currently sitting pretty at the top of La Liga.

However, Barcelona are expected to splash the cash in the New Year with Liverpool playmaker Coutinho their chief target.

And Spanish website Don Balon claims Messi has learned that the club will submit a fresh offer to the Reds despite seeing three bids fail over the summer.

Coutinho has struggled to find his best form since the transfer fell through.

The Brazil international was hellbent on moving to Barcelona but was forced to stay put after Jurgen Klopp insisted he would not be going anywhere.

Though he has returned to form in recent weeks – he was exceptional in the 5-1 battering of Brighton at the weekend – a part of him still seems to lust for a move to the Nou Camp.

Don Balon add that Messi was told about Barcelona’s plans prior to their clash against Sporting.

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Barcelona news: Barca are determined to beat PSG to Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona want a deal for Coutinho done quickly amid fears of what a good World Cup could do for his asking price.

Brazil are expected to be among the favourites to win the trophy in Russia next year.

And, with PSG also interested in signing Coutinho, they want to avoid a bidding war by bringing the player in next month.

Liverpool currently value the player at a huge £166million.


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