Barcelona prepared to part with star midfielder in order to secure the services of Liverpool talisman

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Barcelona are preparing to offer Liverpool Ivan Rakitic in exchange for Reds talisman Philippe Coutinho, according to Don Balon.

Since Luis Suarez departed to the Catalan giants, Coutinho has been the man that Liverpool have relied on. The Brazilian has found the back of the net six times in the Premier League this season, and also has five assists to go along with that.

Most of those came prior to Coutinho suffering a serious ankle injury at the end of last year, which ruled him out of action for a couple of months. Liverpool certainly missed their star man during his spell on the sidelines – and they could soon be without him permanently.

Don Balon believe that Barcelona are interested in signing Coutinho in the summer transfer window. The Spanish outlet believe that Barca are also prepared to part with Rakitic in order to seal the deal. It remains to be seen whether the Reds would be keen on signing the Croatian.

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