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Barcelona news: Lionel Messi made specific demand about Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho

06 December 2017, 05:51 | Charlene Valdez

Coutinho during the match against Brighton Dan Istitene Getty

Coutinho during the match against Brighton Dan Istitene  Getty

A move for Coutinho, 25, was the subject of intense speculation and at least two reported offers from Barcelona in the summer window, but Liverpool held their ground and kept the Brazilian playmaker at Anfield to start the 2017-18 campaign.

La Roja navigated calmly through a qualifying group which contained four-time champions Italy with nine wins from 10 and it's safe to say the Spaniards have their mojo back.

The Brazil star was heavily linked with the Catalans in the previous transfer window but a deal failed to materialise, despite reports Barca lodged bids worth more than the initial €105million they paid for record signing Ousmane Dembele. That's why Barcelona are so desperate to sign the player.

"I cannot give an answer for that now. If that happens then we would have to consider that and make our decisions".

Bertolucci played a key role in Paulinho's switch from Guangzhou Evergrande to the Nou Camp and Barca hope he can deliver at least one of their main targets in the next window.

Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante, who's been subject of Manchester United transfer rumours, is also on the radar of Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona appears unmoved in their, thus far, futile pursuit of Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho.

"We need to take things carefully and not overload him".

Dominant and devastating in qualifying, the German machine just continues to motor along.

But there have been issues in qualifying with lapses in concentration and a lethargic approach casting doubt over their credibility as a genuine football superpower.

The Red Devils are effectively the younger brother of France in that Roberto Martinez has so many options in an attacking sense with Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku. First of all as a club we have to think about ourselves.

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