Barcelona could offer Ivan Rakitic as part of their next offer for Philippe Coutinho, according to reports in Spain.
Despite Jurgen Klopp’s insistence that he won’t be selling one of his star players, Barcelona are unlikely to go away quietly.
They have reportedly had offers for Coutinho rejected by Liverpool, but a new tactic could be to include Ivan Rakitic as bait.
According to Diaria Gol, about whom we know very little but suspect everything, Rakitic is expendable despite his fine form for Barcelona last season.
Earlier on Thursday, another flimsy transfer outfit reported that Liverpool were prepared to sell Coutinho but only for a fee of £133m. It’s all just confusing.
Quite why Liverpool would agree a deal for Rakitic to be part of the transfer is unclear, given that they are pretty set for central midfielders.
Barcelona increasingly confident of signing Coutinho if Neymar leaves. Liverpool in strong position. Signed 5 year deal in Jan. Not for sale
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) July 26, 2017