Liverpool are braced for more trouble on the Philippe Coutinho front as officials from Barcelona fly to London in an attempt to lure the Brazilian into a move to La Liga this summer, according to reports from Spanish publication Sport.
As per the reports from the continent, last season’s Copa del Rey winners have already failed in a €75m bid for the 25-year-old but are confident that there is a deal to be done with the Reds and, on that notion, have sent officials to the capital in order to meet their counterparts from Anfield.
Coutinho has been linked to Cap Nou for over a year now, however, the rumours have escalated this summer and further still off the back of speculation over the future of his compatriot Neymar.
However, Liverpool are adamant they do not want to sell and have slapped a €100m valuation on the head of their prized asset.
The Merseysiders, who return to the Champions League this season after a term without any European football whatsoever last time out saw them claim fourth, have not been on the end of such a deal since Jurgen Klopp took the reins, however, they have benefited from them on a number of occasions over the years.
It’s now become a running joke that the Reds make an annual trip to Southampton to see what they can pickup, however, time and again the southerners have claimed they do not want to sell only to see the bigger club win in the end having sufficiently turned the player’s head.
You cannot fault the likes of Adam Lallana or Dejan Lovren for making the step up from St. Mary’s to Anfield, however, on that basis who are Liverpool to stand in the way of their star man wanting to join one of the two biggest clubs in world football?