Liverpool warned off €50m Coutinho replacement

Date published: Monday 15th January 2018 1:32

Liverpool have been told they have little chance of re-signing Suso during the January transfer window as the Reds ponder a long-term replacement for Philippe Coutinho.

The Italian media have gone overboard in recent days with plenty speculating that the Reds want to re-sign their former star in a costly move, leading tabloids there to compare the potential transfer to Paul Pogba and his £89.3million return to Manchester United last summer.

Liverpool sold the Spanish star for just €1.3million in January 2015 – but the player has since gone on to make a huge impact in Serie A.

The 24-year-old has been tipped as many as Liverpool’s most likely replacement for Coutinho, who last week joined Barcelona in a club-record £142million deal.

But any hopes Liverpool had of re-signing Suso this month have been hit by the news that the playmaker’s exit clause does not kick into action until the summer – meaning the Reds would have to pay well over the odds if they were to sign him now.

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Furthermore, and amid claims that the Anfield board and manager Jurgen Klopp are contemplating whether to make a summer approach for Suso, Liverpool have now learnt that the exit clause in the player’s contract will rise by €10million to €50million should Milan qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Discussing claims the player could be sold this month, Milan announced on their official website: “With Suso, Milan was very clear in the summer: there was a joke that we would sell him for an offer of €80million.

“This is not true. The player extended his contract with Milan in September of last year. He remains a very important player.”

 

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