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Barcelona could spend over half the money it made from the €222 million (£200 million) Neymar Jr sale on Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to Spanish sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo.
The La Liga club is eager to find a replacement for the Brazilian forward ahead of its Spanish Super Cup clash against Real Madrid on Sunday.
Barça has been linked with AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappé, Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé, and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.
But Mundo Deportivo claims Barcelona is honing in on Coutinho. The club has sent three delegates to Liverpool in order to thrash out a deal, the newspaper said.
CEO Óscar Grau, director of football Raül Sanllehí, and first team squad director Javier Bordas have travelled to the UK willing to spend €120 million (£108 million) on the 25-year-old. They had a £72 million bid rebuffed last month, according to press reports.
Spanish publication MARCA says Barcelona is determined to unveil Coutinho in the coming days as the club wants the Brazilian to make his debut against Real, this weekend.
Liverpool, though, could resist Barcelona’s improved offer as Coutinho signed a contract extension in January and is tied to the Anfield club until 2022.
Barcelona is also looking to sign Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, according to French newspaper L’Equipe.