Philippe Coutinho is suffering at Liverpool and wants to leave for Barcelona at the end of the season, according to a report in today's Mundo Deportivo.
The rumours are starting to stir in Spain ahead of January 1 when the transfer embargo imposed on Barcelona will be lifted and a flurry of transfer activity is expected at the Nou Camp.
Coutinho, according to some reports, has been earmarked as one of Luis Enrique's top target, who is looking to replace Pedro Rodriguez.
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The 23-year-old has, however, already been told by the Merseyside club that he will not be allowed to leave, hence the apparent suffering.
Barcelona are not seeking to recruit the diminutive playmaker in the January transfer window as they fear his transfer fee will be prohibitively high. But Coutinho appears ready to push for a move in the summer.
Klopp of the Kop
Liverpool fans have reason to hope, however, as the imminent appointment of Jurgen Klopp is likely to give Coutinho food for thought.
The reputable, enigmatic German manager is expected to be confirmed as Brendan Rodgers' successor by the end of this week and will bring with him plenty of hope and expectation.
Champions League football
But if Klopp is to convince Liverpool's best performing player to remain at Anfield beyond this season, he will almost certainly have to achieve qualification for next season's Champions League.
Liverpool are only three points away from the top four, but can also achieve automatic qualification by winning the Europa League.