Barcelona To Use Ivan Rakitic As Bargaining Chip In Coutinho Talks

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The Catalan giants Barcelona will not end their pursuit of Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Having been effectively ruled out of Marco Verratti race by PSG and the player himself, Barcelona have directed all of their focus towards the Brazilian magician who is said to be cracking under pressure and is prepared to ask Liverpool to be transfer listed.

On their own part, Barcelona are preparing a lucrative deal to soften the Liverpool stance of their maestro and in addition to a whopping transfer fee believed to be in excess of €80 million, La Liga giants are reportedly prepared to throw in Ivan Rakitic to sweeten the deal.

The Croatia international has been one of the most reliable performers at Nou Camp and is considered a top-class talent that could fit into Liverpool perfectly.

Barcelona are hoping to turn Jurgen Klopp’s head with the versatile midfielder who is equally apt of playing in dropped-back midfield role and in the final third of the pitch.