Barcelona and Real Madrid are chasing Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, according to a report in Spain.
In a lengthy report from Diario Sport, the Spanish paper claims that Barcelona attempted to sound out Coutinho's availablity while they were in talks over Adama Traore, who subsequently went to Aston Villa, but the Reds point blank refused to discuss his availability.
Barca are said to be extremely keen on the playmaker and Coutinho wants to play in the Champions League, according to the report, with Barcelona looking at a fee of €30million (£22.18m) - that fee would likely be way below Liverpool's valuation of the Brazilian.
Sport state that Barcelona have spoken to some of Coutinho's representatives and he is 'more than willing' to wear the Barcelona shirt. Neymar has already stated publicly that he would like to see Coutinho at the Nou Camp, while the club sent scouts to several matches last season to watch his development.
Everton 1 Liverpool 1 player ratings
Everton 1 Liverpool 1 player ratings
1/22 Everton: Tim Howard 6 out of 10
Made a couple of impressive saves but his distribution was anything but assured.
2/22 Tyias Browning: 6 out of 10
A composed performance from the youngster. A reliable deputy to Coleman, but could soon challenge for a starting spot.
3/22 Phil Jagielka: 7 out of 10
The veteran produced a number of superb challenges at key moments. Remains an excellent reader of the game, even if he lacks pace.
4/22 Ramiro Funes Mori: 6 out of 10
Performed well for a player who has not had the luxury of much Premier League football. Worked well in tandem with Jagielka.
5/22 Brendan Galloway: 6 out of 10
Technically sound and methodical in his approach; the teenager looks to be a real prospect.
6/22 James McCarthy: 6 out of 10
Calm and composed presence in the centre of the park. Did his defensive work dutifully but also pressed forward when chances arose.
7/22 Gareth Barry: 6 out of 10
His crippling lack of pace would suggest a game such as this would pass him by, but his ability to read the game ensured he was not exposed.
8/22 Gerard Deulofeu: 5 out of 10
Struggled to make any kind of impact on the game. Very quiet but did produce the cross that led to Lukaku's equaliser.
9/22 Ross Barkley: 7 out of 10
Lost Ings for Liverpool's first goal, but played a key role in Everton's attack. His direct runs caused Liverpool plenty of problems, as did his delivery form wide areas.
10/22 Steven Naismith: 5 out of 10
Could not provide the cutting edge that he did against Chelsea, but ran and ran for the team.
11/22 Romelu Lukaku: 7 out of 10
Provided a much needed out ball up top and took his goal extremely well. Dominated in the air and linked up play with those around him.
12/22 Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 6 out of 10
The Belgian produced two superb saves in the first half but, ultimately, was let down by those in front of him.
13/22 Emre Can: 5 out of 10
The hot headed German got involved with Barkley unnecessarily and still does not look at home as part of a back three. At fault for Everton's goal.
14/22 Martin Skrtel: 5 out of 10
Relished the physical battle with Lukaku but did not have the appearance of a man in control. Composure can give way to panic.
15/22 Mamadou Sakho: 5 out of 10
Struggled when put under pressure by Everton. The Frenchman is far from composed in possession but needs to be within a back three.
16/22 Nathaniel Clyne: 6 out of 10
The full back pressed forward regularly but his final ball into the penalty area was below par.
17/22 James Milner: 6 out of 10
The engine room of Liverpool's midfield. Milner was all over the park and provided the assist for the opening goal. Reliable if not remarkable.
18/22 Lucas Leiva: 5 out of 10
Fortunate not to receive a second yellow card in the closing stages before he was given the hook. Did not make his presence felt.
19/22 Alberto Moreno: 4 out of 10
Failed to press Deulofeu for Everton's equaliser. The Spaniard's decision making is poor and he is simply not suited to the system that Liverpool played.
20/22 Philippe Coutinho: 6 out of 10
Did not sparkle like the world knows he can, but could not be accused of a lack of effort. Liverpool need him to step up on such occasions given his importance to the side.
21/22 Danny Ings: 7
The Englishman took his goal extremely well, which capped off his impressive individual week. Pressed Everton's back four constantly.
22/22 Daniel Sturridge: 6 out of 10
Showed plenty of endeavour, but rarely had a clear sight of goal. Starved of possession and struggled to grab a foothold in the game.
"I see many Brazilian players with quality today. But one I like and think could play here is Coutinho. He has the style of Barcelona," said Neymar during the last international break.
But Coutinho responded: "I have not seen the statements. I am very fond of Neymar, but it is not the time to talk about this. I am very focused on having a good season at Liverpool and that's just what interests me now."
Real Madrid are also interested, with Los Blancos almost making a move of their own for him over the summer.Reuse content