Barcelona have been linked with a swoop for Philippe Coutinho in recent weeks but the Catalan club are yet to make any significant moves.
But that is set to change as bosses at the Nou Camp prepare their bid for Liverpool’s prized asset.
That is according to Spanish newspaper Sport, which claims Barca are in contact with Coutinho’s Brazil-based agent Giuliano Bertolucci.
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It is reported that Barca’s technical director – Robert Fernandez – is a big admirer of Coutinho and he hopes to begin talks with Bertolucci over a deal.
Coutinho, 24, has the same agent as Paris Saint-Germain defender Marquinhos, who is also a Barca transfer target.
Barca discussed a deal with agent Bertolucci for Marquinhos last summer but the move never materialised.
However, Barca officials hope they can strike up a strong relationship with Bertolucci that will lead to Coutinho signing for the La Liga club.
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Barcelona want to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho
Liverpool do not want to sell Coutinho
Coutinho (right) is currently on international duty with Brazil
Bertolucci and his partners are said to have visited Barcelona on a number of occasions and Coutinho’s name has been discussed.
But Liverpool will no doubt fight hard to keep their star man, having lost Luis Suarez to Barca in a
In January Coutinho signed a contract with the Anfield side until 2022 and, although that doesn’t guarantee he will remain on Merseyside this summer, Barca will have to pay a huge transfer fee to get the deal done.