Insider provides latest Liverpool transfer update on Philippe Coutinho
Barcelona won't spend their money on Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, according to Guillem Balague
Barcelona won’t sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho in the near future, according to La Liga expert Guillem Balague.
The Brazil international has been linked with the Spanish giants in recent weeks after the midfielder’s eye-catching start to the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.
Liverpool lost talisman Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a £75m deal in 2014 after the Uruguay international scored 31 times in 33 Premier League appearances.
Coutinho has already netted five times and has made five assists in 11 Premier League appearances in the current campaign to help Jurgen Klopp’s side challenge for the title.
However, La Liga expert Balague has played down the chances of Barcelona testing Liverpool’s resolve over their number 10 in the January transfer window.
“Barcelona love Coutinho but they have no strategy to sign him at the moment,” Balague is quoted as saying by The Liverpool Echo.
“Neymar would like them to sign him and Coutinho himself is interested in the fact that Barcelona have followed him.
“But at the moment, it’s all media talk.
“That’s because he’s a forward and he can play where Lionel Messi and Neymar play but they are both there. Coutinho can’t be a substitute of those. He’s also going to cost around 70 million euros and there is no buyout clause. This would mean a lot of negotiating with Liverpool.
“I don’t see it happening. Barcelona will spend their money somewhere else.”
Coutinho moved to Liverpool in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table last season after the former Borussia Dortmund manager was appointed as Rodgers’ replacement in October 2015.