Barcelona legend Ronaldinho believes Philippe Coutinho is capable of replacing Neymar – but has sent his old club a warning over pursuing the Liverpool star.
The Catalan giants are on the lookout for reinforcements following the departure of Neymar.
The Brazilian superstar completed a switch to Paris St Germain in a world record £199million deal on Thursday night.
It leaves the La Liga giants short up front and in desperate need of a morale boost ahead of the new season.
It’s understood that Coutinho has been identified as a potential option to replace Neymar. Reports suggest they have registered their interest and are ready to bid in the region of £80m.
So far Liverpool have been incredibly clear that they will not sell their talisman this summer, with the 25-year-old having only signed a new long-term contract in January.
Ronaldinho, who played for Barcelona from 2003-2008, believes Coutinho is a good option for his former side. However he is wary that Liverpool can demand over the odds.
‘There are only very few players in the world who can replace Neymar – and I have said that I think Coutinho could play for them,’ said Ronaldinho.
‘He is at a level where he could come and fill the gap left by Neymar – but Liverpool will know his worth and after the fees of this summer it will cost Barcelona.’
Send news and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com