The Premier League’s most creative player, Philippe Coutinho, is unsurprisingly attracting interest from Spanish champions Barcelona, according to Spanish publication Sport (via Goal.com).
The Liverpool attacker has been in sensational form for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, and has scored five and assisted five for the Reds in the first three months of the campaign.
The front three of him, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are the chief reason why Klopp’s side currently sit top of the Premier League, having scored 16 goals and laid on 10 assists between them.
Unsurprisingly, Coutinho, whose average of a goal or assist every 76 minutes is the best of anyone in the English top-flight, is interesting some of the best sides in Europe, with Luis Enrique’s Barca and Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid thought to be interested in the 24-year-old.
It is believed that the Brazilian international is top of Enrique’s transfer wish list, as the 46-year-old manager looks to retain the La Liga title for a third straight year, and indeed regain the Champions League following last season’s quarter-final defeat to Atletico Madrid.
Although Spanish rivals Real Madrid are also thought to be monitoring Coutinho’s form, his relationship with compatriot and Barcelona forward Neymar could be a deciding factor in determining Coutinho’s future.
Barcelona are prepared to pay £65 million for the Brazilian, who scored a sensational goal in his country’s 3-0 win over Argentina yesterday, and it’s a figure that is sure to test Liverpool’s resolve as they look to keep one of their star assets.