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How Barcelona could line up with Philippe Coutinho in their starting XI

Coutinho is looking increasingly likely to join Barca this month with a new bid appearing to be imminent

It seems like Philippe Coutinho is edging closer to Barcelona every single day.

The Liverpool forward remains the Catalan club's top target and they are hopeful of landing him this month.

Barcelona are prepared to offer a deal that could exceed £160million if add-ons are included in a bid to lure him to the Nou Camp.

And if they do get the deal over the line, the Barcelona starting XI could be one of the most menacing in world football.

After losing Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, Coutinho could fill the void in the front three alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

How Coutinho would look in a Barcelona shirt (Image: MirrorOnline)

How Barcelona could line up with Coutinho in the team (Image: buildlineup.com)
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He could also be used in a midfield four - whether it be flat or in a diamond - to give the Catalan giants extra creativity in the middle of the park.

Meanwhile, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is remaining coy over a possible move for Coutinho.

Despite speculation he has played his last game for Liverpool, Valverde is giving nothing away.

Coutinho remains a wanted man for Liverpool (Image: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Valverde has remained coy on Coutinho's future (Image: REX/Shutterstock)

"Coutinho plays for another team and he is a great player for that team. If he plays for Barca in the future or not, I don't know," he said in his press conference ahead of the clash with Celta Vigo.

"I like the players I have in my team and if another one comes in the future, I'm sure he has to be a very good player, too.

"Sometimes I come in here and I learn about things that are happening; whether they're true or not, I don't know."

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