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Barcelona to remain 'discreet' in pursuit of Liverpool's Coutinho

The La Liga giants are reluctant to be drawn into a debate regarding the Brazil international.

BARCELONA CONSIDER Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho to be “a great player”, but plan to remain “discreet” in pursuit of any transfer.

The Brazil international continues to be heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou, possibly as a replacement for fellow countryman Neymar – who is a top target for Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool have sought to play down the exit talk surrounding their prized asset, with there an understandable reluctance on their part to sanction a big-money sale.

Barca appreciate that stance and have vowed to carry out any recruitment business in a professional manner away from prying eyes.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu told reporters in America ahead of an International Champions Cup clash with Clasico rivals Real Madrid: “Coutinho? He’s a great player, but we can’t say anything. You have to be discreet.

“[Ernesto] Valverde wants a competitive team that understand his needs very well.

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