Paris Saint-Germain are willing stump up €80 million in order to sign Liverpool superstar Philippe Coutinho.
According to a report in French publication Le10sport, the now deposed Ligue 1 champions have reignited their interest in the Brazilian and are now willing to pay the Reds an eye-watering €80 million to convince them to part with the 25-year-old sensation.
PSG are reported to have turned their attention back to Coutinho as their pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t progressing. The Portuguese Captain has been linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu due to recent allegations placed on him by the Spanish tax authorities.
The Parisians are also chasing the signature of AS Monaco hitman Kylian Mbappe, who himself has been rumoured to have agreed a deal with Real Madrid. But should they fail in their attempts to lure him away from Stade Louis II, PSG will reportedly launch a bid for Coutinho.
If recent reports are to be taken into consideration, Liverpool recently turned down an enquiry regarding Coutinho’s availability this summer from PSG. The Reds have reportedly placed an £87 million price tag on the Brazilian in an effort to ward off the French giants.
However, that price tag will likely do little to deter PSG, who are amongst the few clubs in the world that can match that figure. Having lost their Ligue 1 crown to Monaco, PSG will want to come back with a vengeance and will likely stop at nothing to revamp their squad.
Coutinho was arguably Klopp’s best player last season – helping them to a fourth placed finish with a return of 14 goals and 9 assists in 36 appearances – a figure that would have been far greater, had it not have been for an ankle injury that kept him out for over a month.
The Parisians don’t seem to have any competition in their pursuit of the midfielder. Barcelona, who were heavily linked with him over the course of the past year, have reportedly put an end to their interest as he isn’t a part of new boss Ernesto Valverde’s plans for the coming season.
Last summer, they were said to have had a bid for Coutinho rejected and it remains to be seen how long Liverpool will be able to resist the urge to sell their talisman, who signed a new 5 year contract with no release clause, keeping him at Anfield till 2022.
The fact that he doesn’t have a release clause in his contract would certainly be an advantage for Liverpool, who can demand an astronomical amount from any interested party for the former Inter Milan starlet.
However, it is unlikely that they will sell for any amount, given how difficult it would be to eventually replace him. The Reds will also want to build on last season’s fourth placed finish and go as far as possible in the UEFA Champions League, something that would be made far more difficult if they let go of their best player.