Liverpool braced for mega bid for 'magician' as they eye two stars to replace him - report
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a mega bid for Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to a report.
The Brazilian signed a five-year contract last year than runs until 2020 and made him one of the club’s top earners.
But the Daily Mail claim Coutinho is on the list of potential summer targets compiled by French champions PSG and they are weighing up a huge bid.
It is said that the wealthy Parisians have yet to make an approach but they are closely monitoring the 23-year-old.
Coutinho has been Liverpool’s outstanding player in the past two seasons since Luis Suarez joined Barcelona and has become an increasingly influential figure from his left-sided playmaking position.
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The Mail claim Anfield manager Jurgen Klopp has been pursuing Mario Gotze and Sadio Mane to help take the burden off the player Liverpool teammates call ‘the magician’.
It is also said that Liverpool will not sell Coutinho, who scored 12 goals and supplied seven assists from 43 appearances for the club in the 2015-16 campaign.
However, the Merseyside club’s American owners FSG have demonstrated in the past they are willing to cash in on the club’s most saleable assets.
Suarez was sold to Barcelona in 2014 for £65million and Raheem Sterling moved to rivals Manchester City last summer for £49million.
Coutinho, who moved to Anfield in January 2013, is currently with the Brazil squad preparing for the Copa America in the United States.
One complication for PSG is their non-EU player quota which would mean for Coutinho to arrive another foreign player would have to leave.
Centre-back Marquinhos is attracting attention from Manchester United, City and Barcelona.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have been given a glimmer of hope in their bid to prise leading target Gotze from Bayern Munich.