Liverpool could buy a striker to replace Philippe Coutinho - Mark Lawrenson

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move to Barcelona

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move to Barcelona

Balague added: "They believe Dembele is the more likely deal - but Borussia have rejected their first offer and they are going to have to spend a lot of money to get him".

A Barca bid for the 25-year-old Brazil global had been expected ever since the Catalan club sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in a world record breaking deal, last week.

For a South American player, the lure of playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona is impossible to resist and we should not be surprised if he has told Liverpool he wants to go. However, according to reports, there's no price that would convince Liverpool to sell him, and they have no intention of entering negotiations about a possible transfer.

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Barcelona's move for Philippe Coutinho is reportedly "in the final stages" and could be completed in "a matter of hours" after the Catalan giants sent a "delegation" to Liverpool to hash out the deal.

It is a package which Liverpool look to have found too good to resist, even though manager Jurgen Klopp has been desperate to keep hold of his best player all summer.

Bellamy feels Coutinho would be ill-suited to filling Neymar's former role as a wide forward, and would be better waiting until Barca need to replace central midfielder Iniesta, possibly in 12 months' time.

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Catalonian newspaper Deportes claim Barcelona directors are in England this week for talks with Coutinho's representatives in the hope of striking a deal.

They have made a mega million bid for Coutinho, and Liverpool who will be facing Hoffenheim in the Champions League play off have rejected the bid from Barcelona. "But a transfer is also a question of timing".

Coutinho is now a doubt for Liverpool's Premier League opener with Watford due to a back problem that ruled him out of last weekend's friendly with Athletic Bilbao. "We are not in that situation".

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But they have also kept tabs on Dortmund star Ousmane Dembele.

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