Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has today weighed in on the stories linking Reds midfielder Philippe Coutinho with a big-money move to La Liga giants Barcelona.
Blaugrana superstar Neymar has been at the heart of the biggest transfer saga of the summer so far, with Ligue 1 powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain reportedly ready to smash all current transfer records and pay the Brazilian’s 222 million Euro release clause.
As a result, Barca are said to have drawn up a list of potential arrivals at the club before the close of the transfer window, should Neymar indeed depart for the French capital.
The names most heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou have been Paulo Dybala of Juventus and aforementioned Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, with former English international Danny Murphy, who lined out for the Anfield club between 1997 and 2004, today revealing his belief that Jurgen Klopp and co. should consider selling the midfield maestro for the right price.
Speaking in an interview with TalkSport, Murphy explained:
‘He’s not worth £150m, could they get £100m for him? Maybe.’
‘If Barca are prepared to pay over £80m for Coutinho, I think that’s good business.’
‘If they get £80m or £90m, you’d think they’d sign someone else. We’re hypothesising, but the goals and assists those players get might double or treble what Coutinho was bringing in, and you’ve also not got a player sat there unhappy.’
‘I’m not saying Liverpool should get rid of Coutinho, because he’s a wonderful footballer and there’s no doubt about that.’
‘But if he wants to go and we get £80m for him, I’d take that.’
In addition to giving his thoughts on Coutinho’s price-tag, Murphy also mused over the potential return that Tottenham Hotspur could receive for young English midfield talent Dele Alli, who the 40-year-old rates more highly than the Reds’ prized possession.
‘Coutinho scored 14 goals last season and that was his best return. If Liverpool rate him at around £100m, what’s Dele Alli worth? He’s better than Coutinho. Different but better.’