Liverpool told to accept £80m offer for key 25-year-old star

Former Reds star Danny Murphy claims getting £80m for Philippe Coutinho would represent good business for Liverpool

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho Photo: The Sport Review

Danny Murphy believes selling Philippe Coutinho in an £80m deal would represent a good bit of transfer business for Liverpool.

The Reds are facing the prospect of interest from La Liga giants Barcelona in their star midfielder in the current transfer window.

The Spanish side are rumoured to be putting together a package worth around £90m to sign Coutinho with their own Brazilian star Neymar being linked with Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool are adamant Coutinho is not for sale this summer but the transfer speculation continues to intensify surrounding the Brazil international’s future.

The 25-year-old scored 13 times and made seven assists in the Premier League last season to help Liverpool finish in the Premier League’s top four.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy urged the Reds to consider a bid of £80m or more for the South American playmaker.

“If they’re talking about £199m for Neymar, you can’t put Coutinho in Neymar’s league at the moment,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“He’s not worth £150m, could they get £100m for him? Maybe.

“If Barca are prepared to pay over £80m for Coutinho, I think that’s good business.

“If they get £80m or £90m, you’d think they’d sign someone else. We’re hypothesising, but the goals and assists those players get might double or treble what Coutinho was bringing in, and you’ve also not got a player sat there unhappy.

“I’m not saying Liverpool should get rid of Coutinho, because he’s a wonderful footballer and there’s no doubt about that.’

“But if he wants to go and we get £80m for him, I’d take that.”

Liverpool started their summer spending with the £39m addition of Egypt international Mohamed Salah from AS Roma.

The Reds have also signed Chelsea teenager Dominic Solanke and Hull City defender Andy Robertson.

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