Barcelona make transfer of Philippe Coutinho their No 1 priority

BARCELONA are reportedly considering a £65million bid to sign Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

The 24-year-old has been in scintillating form for Liverpool this season, scoring five goals in 11 appearances, which has helped fire Jurgen Klopp’s side to the top of the Premier League table.

He expressed his star quality further for Brazil in the 3-0 win over rivals Argentina last night, combining with Neymar to sink Edgardo Bauza’s side.

And Spanish newspaper Sport claim his impressive displays have seen Barcelona make the Brazilian their No 1 transfer target for next summer.

It is claimed Luis Enrique’s side are lining up a £65m bid to lure Coutinho away from Anfield and they are hoping his relationship with Neymar will be key to securing his signature.

Sport also say Coutinho would fit into Enrique’s system and believe he possesses ‘Barcelona DNA’.

But Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be desperate to keep hold of him and will likely hold out for a higher fee than the one suggested given the player’s importance and quality.

The report adds Barca will face competition for Coutinho with rivals Real Madrid also keeping tabs on his situation.

Coutinho signed for Liverpool from Inter Milan for just £8.5m in 2013 and is contracted to the club until June 2020.

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