Reds fuming as Barcelona look to hijack Liverpool’s £70m transfer

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Barcelona are set to resurface as a nuisance to Liverpool in the transfer window by eyeing up a move for the Reds’ priority target.

The Catalan giants didn’t cover themselves in glory during their summer-long pursuit of Philippe Coutinho as they resigned to falsifying stories surrounding the Brazilian’s price-tag as an attempt to save face.

Having had three bids rejected by Liverpool, the La Liga club were forced to shelve their wishes to take the No.10 to the Nou Camp.

They could now be about to pose a new threat to the Reds by targeting a man that boasts a place high on Jurgen Klopp’s wishlist.

Barca are set to compete for the signing of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk, after sending scouts to watch the Dutchman feature for Holland against Sweden in midweek, according to the Mirror.

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Liverpool were left disappointed after failing to capture the defender during the summer, with Klopp having seemingly made the 26-year-old his one and only centre-back target.

Any chances of securing Van Dijk were somewhat ruined early on in the window when the Saints lodged a complaint against an alleged illegal pursuit from the Reds.

Rumours have unsurprisingly refused to disappear since then, with Liverpool supposedly preparing to reignite their interest in January.

If the latest reports are true, they face some serious competition.

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