The Brazil international is one of the Reds’ most important players and the club are under little pressure to sell due to a strong financial situation, so hope this hefty price tag will scare Barca off.
It has been claimed that Coutinho has agreed on a move to the Nou Camp in what would be a worrying development for Liverpool, but it seems they’re doing all they can to prevent the deal going through.
The 25-year-old scored 17 goals and contributed seven assists to Liverpool’s season last term, and was rewarded for his fine form by signing a new long-term contract back in January.
Sport claim Coutinho himself could be ready to try and force his way to a move, but Liverpool are prepared to squeeze every penny out of Barcelona by demanding £133m.
That price tag would make the former Inter Milan man the most expensive transfer in history, though it could yet be eclipsed by two other potential deals this summer.
Barcelona themselves could be about to lose Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for the full amount of his £197m release clause, and even if that doesn’t go through Real Madrid are reportedly closing in on a £161m deal for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe.
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Coutinho is seen as an ideal long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta at Barca, who could move for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala as a more direct replacement for Neymar.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have already made a big-name signing in attack this summer by landing Mohamed Salah from Roma, though another purchase may well be necessary if they do end up losing Coutinho and gaining a significant boost to their transfer kitty.