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Guillem Balague: 'Barcelona looking for alternatives to Philippe Coutinho'

12 Agosto 2017

It is understood that Barcelona will prepare a £100m bid in order to tempt Liverpool to sell their Brazilian talisman, however, Liverpool hero Gerrard has insisted that his former club does not need to sell, according to the Mirror.

'From a financial standpoint, there is no price limit to let him go. That deal, worth around £150,000 (NZ$266,000) a week, does not include a release clause so they are under no obligation to sell, no matter the figure Barcelona come up with.

And Sky Sports News reporter Solhekol has confirmed that the Reds have no intention of cashing in on the Brazil international this summer.

"Today, no player on the planet is untouchable", Klopp noted, a subtle dig at Barcelona's inability to hold on to Neymar this summer, their second best player and arguably the second best player on the planet.

That appears to have softened the Merseyside club's stance from their original position of insisting their star player was not for sale.

Never far away over the last 12 months, Barcelona have now suddenly been very heavily linked with a move for Coutinho since Neymar's recent exit to Paris Saint-Germain.

It has been revealed, by the man himself, that the 25-year-old playmaker will be the star attraction on the box of the Brazilian version of the popular simulator game.

"The player wants to leave".

Liverpool are claimed to have rejected such a proposal.

Philippe Coutinho will find it difficult to turn down Barcelona and Liverpool will struggle to find a replacement, says Graeme Souness.

Barcelona had made an opening € 80 million bid, but their offer was rejected by Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to steer the Reds towards a title challenge after they ended up in fourth place in the Premier League table last term.

Guillem Balague: 'Barcelona looking for alternatives to Philippe Coutinho'