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Barcelona are desperate to sign Liverpool’s best player… and that’s not Philippe Coutinho

Reds face fresh fight with La Liga giants after as Barca switch attention to Sadio Mane after missing out on Coutinho

Barcelona’s scouts must like life in Merseyside.

After missing out on Philippe Coutinho in the summer, the La Liga giants have diverted their aim to another transfer target.

Barcelona are interested in signing Senegal sensation Sadio Mane, according to the Mirror.

Liverpool star Sadio Mane has attracted the interest of Barcelona

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Liverpool star Sadio Mane has attracted the interest of Barcelona

Liverpool were resisted Barca’s advances for Coutinho all summer, nobly sticking to their ‘not for sale’ stance in the face of astronomical bids.

The club’s resolve may be tested again next summer with Ernesto Valverde looking to strengthen his forward line despite recruiting Ousmane Dembele as a replacement for Neymar.

Mane has been in stunning form for Liverpool with three goals already this campaign and many now feel he is more important to Jurgen Klopp’s side than Coutinho.

Barcelona failed with four bids for Philippe Coutinho over the summer

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Barcelona failed with four bids for Philippe Coutinho over the summer

The 25-year-old has improved even further since arriving at Anfield from Southampton in 2016.

He scored 13 league goals last season and was named Liverpool’s Player of the Year – even though he missed the last part of the season through injury.

With Coutinho missing the opening month of the campaign with a back injury while Barcelona attempted to sign him, there were concerns Liverpool would struggle.

But Mane emerged as their driving force with a series of impressive displays which showed why he is now one of the most feared forwards in the top flight.

Sadio Mane is currently suspended after his red card against Manchester City

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Sadio Mane is currently suspended after his red card against Manchester City

Barca made four bids for Coutinho last month, going as high as £138million but finding Liverpool in no mood to sell their playmaker.

And having reached an impasse in their attempts to sign the 25-year-old, there is a feeling they may have more success if they turn their attentions to Mane.

Sadio Mane scores against Crystal Palace as he started the new season in blistering form

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Sadio Mane scores against Crystal Palace as he started the new season in blistering form

But the saga proved a major distraction to Klopp and his side with Coutinho declaring himself unfit to play while his future was resolved.

And they will be desperate to avoid a repeat next summer with Mane, who has rapidly emerged as the key player in this Liverpool squad.


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