By 90Min
August 17, 2017

Barcelona have made Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho one of their main targets this summer, having lost Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain last month.

While many believe the Spanish side will pull through and snatch the Brazilian from the Reds' clutches, Echo journalist James Pearce seems to think otherwise.

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According to Pearce, Liverpool will not sell the attacker at any price.

Responding to a question from a concerned supporter, the journo tweeted: "LFC won't sell him mate. Owners/manager adamant that whatever Barca come back with, whether it's £100m or £120m, it will be rejected."

That's to be of some comfort, but Barca director Robert Fernandez has also admitted that reaching a deal for Coutinho, as well as Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele, will be quite difficult.

"Not just Barca but any team looking for top quality players are getting involved in a very difficult situation in this market," Fernandez said.

"Why? Because the market is where clubs like us want to sign top quality players. There's no buyout clauses, so that makes things trickier. Yes, we are negotiating with clubs to make several signings, but in all awareness of the difficulty.

"We need to work our way into a favourable situation and hopefully close these deals as quickly as possible."

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