Ronaldinho sends warning to Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho pursuit

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Philippe Coutinho is on Barcelona’s radar (Getty)

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.

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Ronaldinho sends warning to Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho pursuit
Neymar has left Barcelona (Getty)

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.

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‘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.’

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