Former Barcelona forward Neymar has reportedly told Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho to hold off moving to Barcelona.
Interest in Coutinho has been strong from the Catalan side ever since Neymar departed for Paris Saint Germain earlier this summer.
Whilst Coutinho is not seen as a direct replacement for his compatriot, Barca officials are under pressure to bring in some fresh faces and contest Real Madrid both domestically and on the European stage.
Andres Iniesta, Barca’s current captain, is edging closer to retirement and the La Liga giants believe Coutinho is the perfect replacement.
As talk of a reported deal continues, Liverpool have been strong in their desire to keep the former Inter Milan man, despite a transfer request being handed in by the midfielder two weeks ago.
And, former Barca player Neymar has now added to the speculation by informing his Brazil team-mate to hold off making the move.
According to Estadio, Neymar advised Coutinho to reject the Catalan club, saying he will regret not playing for one more year in the English Premier League.
This comes after Neymar left the club for Paris Saint Germain earlier this summer and has been featured in fall outs with the Catalan club’s board since.
Coutinho is yet to feature for Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, having had a back injury and being ill, however, he is expected to feature for Brazil as they take on Ecuador on Thursday evening.