The asking price Liverpool have set for Philippe Coutinho amid Barcelona interest

Barcelona’s pursuit of Philippe Coutinho appears to be gathering pace with every passing day.

The La Liga giants had a £72 million bid rejected for the Brazilian and Jurgen Klopp was adamant that they won’t be selling their star man.

“If I say he is not for selling, he is not for selling,” he insisted. “There is nothing else to say. It’s a club decision, it’s my decision. That’s how it is.

“I can say 20 times, he is not for sale. If you ask the other question the other way and I say, there has been no assurance, you make the story the other way. There is no story for me. Whatever happens from their side, I say he is not for sale. The answer is — not for sale.”

But when Barcelona come calling, it can be very difficult to prevent your player from having his head turned – especially when you haven’t won a league title since 1990.

And the chance to play alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar must be incredibly tempting for Coutinho.
Liverpool set asking price for Coutinho

And it seems Liverpool face a very tough fight to keep hold of Coutinho and have now placed an asking price on the midfielder’s head.

According to Spanish outlet Sport, Liverpool have given Coutinho an £89 million price tag (€100m) in the hope to deter Barca. However, Ernesto Valverde may be willing to spend that amount on Coutinho, meaning Liverpool will have very little choice but to let their main man leave.

The report claims that Barca chiefs are already in London as they attempt to negotiate a big-money move for the Liverpool star.

Also, according to another Spanish outlet, Mundo Deportivo, Barca are looking to sign two Brazilians in order to keep Neymar happy at the Camp Nou.

Of course, one of them is Coutinho, while the other is Paulinho.

Signing those two players could convince Neymar to remain at Barcelona with the forward currently unhappy that he’s the only remaining Brazilian at the club.

It seems Barca are more than serious about signing Coutinho and they now know exactly how much they’ll need to pay in order to sign him.