Liverpool could be force to pay £100m for Philippe Coutinho replacement, warns insider

Liverpool might have to pay over the odds to sign Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic to replace Philippe Coutinho, warns Rory Smith

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Liverpool might have to pay over the odds to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic if Philippe Coutinho moves to Barcelona in a £100m deal, Rory Smith has warned.

The Reds are fending off interest from Barcelona in their talented number 10 after it was reported the La Liga side had made two offers for the Brazil international.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reiterated the club’s stance that Coutinho is not for sale, although the South American handed in a transfer request this month.

The Reds have been linked with a potential move to sign Napoli forward Lorenzo Insigne to replace Coutinho in the Liverpool side.

However, United States international Pulisic has been named as another potential target to fill the Brazilian’s void.

Klopp was in charge of Dortmund when the talented teenager moved to the German club and the attacker has since blossomed into one of the German side’s key players.

But Times reporter Smith warned that Liverpool could end up paying double the price for Pulisic as Dortmund look to take advantage of the funds raised from Coutinho’s sale.

“The problem is the timing,” Smith told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“if Liverpool get £120m in for Coutinho right now, at a rough guess, they might go for someone like Christian Pulisic at Dortmund, who is a player Klopp adores.

“If Pulisic was worth £50m before Liverpool sold Coutinho, Dortmund will ask for £100m because they know Liverpool have the money.”

Liverpool signed Coutinho in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 summer transfer window.

The Reds have signed three players in the summer transfer window so far.

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