As if the interest of Barcelona in Coutinho wasn’t unsettling enough, Real Madrid have now been credited with an interest in our Brazilian superstar in the Sunday Times.
The respected publication claims that the Spanish behemoths are eyeing up future moves for Coutinho and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard – with Cristiano Ronaldo in his thirties and potentially leaving to join PSG.
The story goes on to suggest that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez would be happy to sanction a world-record bid for either player, having made £80m Ronaldo and then £85m Gareth Bale the most expensive footballer of all time in the past.
And with Coutinho contracted until 2020, it would surely be only that kind of offer that would tempt us into selling – though we’ve already learned in recent summers that losing our best players for huge money doesn’t guarantee ably replacing them.
In fact, with Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling sold in consecutive summers, the last thing we want as a club is to see our best player even linked with a move away from Anfield.
The 23-year-old is our creative lynchpin, as his two assists on Saturday proved, and we hope his head isn’t turned too much by the stories and he stays grounded and dedicated to our cause.