Portuguese midfielder the bait as Spanish giants pull out all the stops in bid to finally drag their No 1 target over the line
The Spanish giants are desperate to land Liverpool playmaker Coutinho in the aftermath of Neymar’s world record £198million move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Andre Gomes could be the makeweight in any deal that finally takes Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona
The Barcelona midfielder cost £29million from Valencia a year ago
Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reports that all Barca approaches have so far been rebuffed.
In fact, determined Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted none of his star players will be sold this summer.
Now it appears Barcelona would be prepared to offer a player as well as money in exchange for No 1 target Coutinho.
Otherwise they could have to go as high as £120m to finally prise the Brazilian out of Anfield.
Gomes signed for Barcelona from Valencia for £29m last summer.
He has struggled to win over supporters since signing, starting only 17 of their La Liga games last season.
The 24-year-old Portugal international would improve Liverpool’s midfield options, but Klopp is unlikely to think it worth selling Coutinho just to get him.
If Coutinho continues to push for an exit then Liverpool may have to consider the deal but there is no need for the Reds to initiate a move.
Philippe Coutinho could cost Barcelona as much as £120million
Philippe Coutinho free-kick helps send Liverpool into the Champions League
Jurgen Klopp insists he doesn’t want to sell anyone this summer
Perhaps their priority should be another more creative midfielder if Coutinho leaves, especially given the fact that injured Adam Lallana is out for two months.
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They also need another centre-back, a position they have been struggling to fill all summer following the Virgil van Dijk saga with Southampton.