He’s not quite Luis Suarez, but reports emanating out of Spain that Barcelona had commissioned a scouting mission to Villarreal in order to run the rule over Philippe Coutinho last night have annoyed our Liverpool supporting punters.
Spanish daily Sport claim Robert Fernandez, the club’s technical secretary, was in attendance as the Reds were sunk 1-0 by the Yellow Submarine, casting his eye over the Brazilian.
Denis Suarez, who provided the assists for the La Liga outfit last night, is also thought to be under consideration for the Blaugrana as they search for squad reinforcements.
Despite boasting an attacking trident consisting of Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar, as well as an illustrious midfield, the Catalan titans have struggled in strength and depth this season.
It is claimed that Coutinho ‘enchants’ the club’s technical staff after finding his form once again under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp.
The former Inter Milan playmaker was dragged at half-time during the Europa League semi-final last night though, reported to have felt unwell during the opening 45 minutes.
As good as Coutinho has been, can he really be considered a potential Barcelona player just yet?