RUMOURS: Rakitic offered as bait in Coutinho deal

Barcelona are ready to offer Ivan Rakitic as part of their bid to prise Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool, reports Don Balon.

Liverpool have asked for Ivan Rakitic to be included in any deal for Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazil international has made all the headlines in recent weeks with Barca actively pursuing him.

Jurgen Klopp insists he won’t be sold but Barca are determined to break the bank to sign him and view the 25-year-old as a replacement for Paris Saint-Germain target Neymar.

Reports in Spain earlier today suggested the Reds would only consider doing business with the Catalan giants if they came in with an offer of €120million.

Barca will try to offer Arda Turan or Denis Suarez in part of any swap deal but Jurgen Klopp has bigger ambitions.

The La Liga giants have already seen two bids for the Brazilian knocked back, but are now preparing to change their approach in a cash-plus-player offer…

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