Liverpool will not be making a summer move for Phillipe Coutinho, according to The Athletic's Simon Hughes.
The midfielder is available after being deemed surplus to requirements by Barcelona.
A number of clubs are said to be interested in a move for the Brazilian - most notably Chelsea and Newcastle United - with the star reported to be available for a cut-price fee of £44.5million.
The Spanish side would also entertain a player-plus-cash deal in order to cut their losses on Coutinho, who cost them around £142million.
Liverpool have also been linked with a move for their former star, however according to Hughes, a return to Anfield is 'impossible'.
He tweeted: "Coutinho back to Liverpool rumour doing the rounds today.
Told that deal would be ‘IMPOSSIBLE’ in capital letters."
GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...
The future remains unclear for Philippe Coutinho who could be set for a big summer.
His move to Barcelona certainly hasn't gone to plan, and after a mediocre spell on loan with Bayern Munich this term, it certainly feels like his stock has fallen.
But that could play into the hands of a number of Premier League sides.
The fact that he's available for just £45million could prove to be something of a coup for a player who is very much in his prime.
Coutinho has plenty to offer, and personally I think it'd be great to see him back in the Premier League.
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