Barcelona prepare massive Liverpool star raid: £66m plus player swap offer for Anfield star

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Barcelona are hot on the heels of in-form Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho with Nou Camp boss Luis Enrique making the Brazilian his number one transfer target.

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The Anfield man has impressed over the past year and Jurgen Klopp must surely be concerned that any concrete offer from the La Liga giants could turn the player’s head.

Enrique has seen his Barcelona start the season in uncertain fashion with rivals Real Madrid, and Sevilla, currently ahead of the club in the La Liga table and whilst defensive concerns continue the 46-year-old is keen to land Coutinho.

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Currently Barcelona most commonly operate with an ‘MSN’ front-three consisting of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi and then looks to the likes of Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakitic and defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets to operate behind these attacking talents.

This term Arda Turan has also found himself playing a more prominent role whilst Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez have also pitched in.

Barcelona are ready to fork out €75m (£66m) and would also look to sweeten the deal with the addition of a player into the bargain, with Turan, Aleix Vidal and Lucas Digne being potential candidates in that regard.

Coutinho is five years younger than Messi and Suarez and is fast approaching his peak and is proven a hugely effective performer.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 4-1 during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Hull City at Anfield on September 24, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

The creative midfielder has racked up five goals and three assists from nine starts in all competitions and is a key member of Klopp’s first-team set-up and this term Liverpool appear to be mounting a genuine Premier League title push but should they fail in that endeavour, or indeed miss out on a top four finish entirely, then a move to Barcelona may become all the more tempting for Coutinho.

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For those who believe Coutinho wouldn’t leave Liverpool to join the Catalan giants it’s worth noting that the 24-year-old retains a strong relationship with former team-mate Luis Suarez, who did of course make the same switch a couple of years back, and perhaps more worryingly for fans of the Merseyside outfit, remember the player’s childhood friend happens to be Barcelona star Neymar.

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