Liverpool’s pursuit of wonderkid could cost them star man

Liverpool’s desire to land highly-rated Barcelona forward Adama Traore could end up costing them Philippe Coutinho, with reports from Metro claiming that the Catalans want a first-option clause on the Brazilian inserted into any deal for their young attacker.

The Reds are understood to be thrashing out a deal for the Nou Camp starlet, who looks set to leave the club either on loan or on a permanent basis following Barcelona B’s relegation to the third tier of Spanish football.

Traore plays for the club’s second side, who have to cut their numbers before the new campaign, and appears to have a blocked route into the senior set-up with the likes of Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi all present.

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And reports claim that the La Liga champions are looking to take advantage of Liverpool’s interest by gaining first refusal on Coutinho, who is widely considered to be the best player at Anfield.

Although the Brazilian signed a new deal earlier this year to keep him on Merseyside for the foreseeable future, a number of the Reds’ key men have left in recent transfer windows in search of Champions League football, with Suarez and Javier Mascherano both swapping the club for Barca.