Philippe Coutinho does not have a release clause in his current Liverpool contract amid reports in Spain stating Barcelona are interested in him, a source has told ESPN FC.
The Brazilian forward signed a long-term contract with the Merseyside outfit in February 2015 that still has three-and-a-half years remaining on it.
Catalan-based newspaper Sport reported on Friday that Barcelona are planning on making a move for Coutinho. However, a source has told ESPN FC that the Spanish outfit have made no contact with Liverpool over a potential transfer.
The source added that the 24-year-old is “clearly happy” at Anfield and is under contract until 2020.
The lack of such a clause in his current deal puts Liverpool in a strong position should any of Europe’s elite clubs register firm interest in Coutinho.
Coutinho joined the Reds in January 2013 from Inter Milan for £8.5 million and has developed into one of the team’s best players.
He has formed a formidable frontline partnership with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane this season that has helped Jurgen Klopp’s side reach the top of the Premier League.
Coutinho played a major role in Brazil’s 3-0 win over Argentina on Thursday night as he broke the deadlock in the 25th minute with a wonderful long-range effort in Belo Horizonte.
After the World Cup qualifier that saw Tite’s side move into first place in the CONMEBOL standings, Coutinho spoke of his pride at playing in the fixture against Brazil’s major rivals.
“Being in the squad is a very proud moment for me,” Coutinho said. “To be able to participate in such a group, next to great players, playing a classic like this is cause for much happiness.
“But of course we are still trying to achieve our ultimate goal, which is qualifying for the World Cup.
“Playing against Argentina has always been a big dream, every child dreams of wearing the shirt of Brazil and playing a classic like this.
“Today we prevailed on the field, the crowd helped a lot since the first whistle. We leave here very happy.”
Culled from ESPNFC