Ex-Liverpool striker Dean Saunders insists Philippe Coutinho is “replaceable” and has suggested three players who could take the playmaker’s place.
Coutinho is being heavily linked with Barca, who reportedly had a £72million bid rejected by Liverpool, but the Catalans’ interest remains strong.
The Brazilian is understood to fancy the move, but Liverpool are reluctant to sell and have put a huge price-tag upon the 25-year-old.
Saunders believes Liverpool should listen to a huge offer for Coutinho. He also lists Juan Mata and Gylfi Sigurdsson as possible replacements, alongside Real Madrid star Isco, who Saunders seems to believe is available for £30million.
“For me, £100million? Sell him. Sell him,” Saunders told Talksport when asked about Coutinho. “For £100m, he’s replaceable.
“You could sign Isco for £30m. He’s not going to get a game at Real Madrid.
“Juan Mata, Sigurdsson. There’s players you can sign to replace Coutinho.
Saunders says Coutinho would not be as great a loss to Liverpool as Luis Suarez was when he moved to Barcelona in 2014.
“Suarez – irreplaceable. There’s certain players who are irreplaceable.
“Coutinho’s replaceable for me. £100m? The last game I watched, he was brilliant, he made the difference in pre-season but £100m?
“And by the way, once they knock the door as a player he’s gone.”