After being linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, over the past week, Philippe Coutinho has once again found himself a rumoured target of the French club. The response by Liverpool was to leak news that a new deal was being worked on with the player to tie him to the club beyond 2020, when his current contract ends.
According to Le10Sport, though, that won’t be enough to stop PSG. Despite being rumoured to be mulling a paltry and rather insulting £22M offer for Coutinho over the summer, they are are now said to consider the Brazilian so important to their future plans that they would pay whatever price Liverpool decided to put on the 24-year-old.
Rumour mongers in France this week seem to believe that Liverpool can quite literally name their price and the big spending Ligue 1 side won’t be deterred. They further suggest that PSG are likely to proactively offer Lucas Moura to Liverpool in part exchange given the Reds have reportedly been interested in the player in the past.
Moura, like Coutinho, is 24 years old. Like Coutinho, he operates mainly from the wider areas but can play anywhere in support of the attack. For a time, it was Moura and not Coutinho who was considered the brighter of the young Brazilian prospects, fetching a £38M fee when he transferred to PSG from Sao Paulo back in 2013.
For some, cash and Moura would be an intriguing offer. Liverpool, though, don’t need cash. And they don’t need Moura if they have Coutinho. If he is happy to stay at Anfield, then, it’s hard to see this turning into anything more than French paper talk, and the rumours of a new contract mean there should be an answer to that question shortly.