The 25-year-old has been identified as Andres Iniesta’s natural successor
Barcelona have lodged a £72million bid for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.
The 25-year-old has been identified by the Catalan giants as Andres Iniesta’s natural successor and they are keen to add the Brazilian international to their ranks.
Liverpool are set to reject the offer, according to the Daily Mail, as they believe the figure does not reflect the midfielder’s value in the current transfer market.
Barcelona have switched their focus to landing Coutinho after growing frustrated in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Veratti.
The Italian midfielder is set to stay at the Parc des Princes, following his decision to switch agents to Mino Raiola, ahead of negotiating a new contract with the Ligue 1 side.
Should Liverpool decide to sell, it is likely Barcelona will have to fork out more than the £75million fee they spent on signing Luis Suarez from the Merseyside club in 2014.