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Barcelona and PSG set to battle for Liverpool player

Barcelona face competition from PSG over the signing of Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Philippe Coutinho is in the middle of yet another battle between European heavyweights PSG and Barcelona.

The Liverpool star seemed close to a move to the Catalan club during the summer but now PSG is looking to ruin any future deal.

It appears star man Neymar has urged his new club PSG to get a deal done for the Brazilian playmaker ahead of his former club Barcelona.

Neymar urged PSG chiefs to get the deal completed ahead of Barcelona

According to the SPORT, Coutinho is top of PSG’s wishlist as they look to continue their eye-watering spending in the market.

Club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is reportedly committed to signing the 25-year-old after Neymar’s suggestion and is willing to pay an estimated £135 million.

However, Coutinho is contracted to Liverpool until 2022 and the Anfield club may dig their heels in as they did during the summer to stop their talisman leaving for the Nou Camp.

Sportsmail revealed last week Barca are themselves plotting a fresh £97million swoop for the 25-year-old in January after they failed to secure a deal during the summer window.

Coutinho had wanted to ditch Liverpool for the Catalan giants and handed in a transfer request in an attempt to force a move to the Nou Camp.

But the Reds held firm, knocking back at least three bids to hold on to their star man, and their stance has not changed.

NEYMAR’S desire to play alongside Philippe Coutinho has urged PSG officials to prepare yet another swoop for the midfielder.

The Brazilian has demonstrated why Europe’s top clubs are so interested with some impressive form since his return to the Premier League.

Coutinho scored in three consecutive matches for Liverpool and has been widely welcomed back by the fans despite the fact he was pushing for a move away in the summer.

AUTHOR’S TAKE

Barcelona and PSG set to test the waters in January. Liverpool could be set for another tempestuous window with PSG’s club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi preparing a £135m bid and Barcelona not ready to give up on their star man.

No doubt the fight for the Liverpool star is going to be competitive and both the giant clubs wouldn’t want to give up on him any easy and thus will try their best in attracting the interests of Klopp’s key man.

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