Report: Liverpool demand for Ivan Rakitic in Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona deal

Spanish outlet Diario Gol suggests that the Reds are hoping to at least bring in a replacement for Coutinho, with Croatia international Rakitic the man they want to take over in midfield.

Liverpool are said to be close to admitting defeat in their attempt to keep the Brazilian playmaker at Anfield after he supposedly handed in a transfer request.

It is claimed that the 29-year-old, who featured 32 times in La Liga last season, is touched by the Merseyside outfit’s interest.

Barca have already made a couple of bids for Coutinho, seeing their latest £90m offer fall short of the Reds’ valuation.

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