With the transfer deadline only a couple of days away, there still remains a number of potentially explosive deals in the pipeline. One of those is the ongoing saga involving Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and his much publicised move to Barcelona.
Despite Liverpool rejecting Barcelona's ever increasing advances over the past month or so, there still remains a huge amount of uncertainty over the Brazilian's future. The indications are that Liverpool are adamant Coutinho is not for sale, however as we often see in football, every player has a price!
With Couthino so far failing to make an appearance in a red shirt this season and even ruling himself out of training with a back injury, it seems he is desperate for the move to happen. This has further been fuelled by footage of him joining up with the Brazil squad for the upcoming international games and appearing to be fully fit.
So what will happen if Barcelona do make a last attempt to prise Couthino away and Liverpool finally accept? Who are the likely targets that they could make a late move for in order to replace their star player? We'll take a look at some potential replacements, judge the possibility of each move happening and of course, the players value on Football Index should they join Jurgen Klopp's exciting side.
THOMAS LEMAR - MONACO
First up is Monaco's Thomas Lemar. As a player who has been chased by a number of Premier League clubs throughout the summer, could Liverpool finally be the ones to make it happen? Reports flowed in yesterday that Liverpool have had two bids rejected for the attacking midfielder with the second bid being £65m.
The biggest problem for Liverpool may not be financial, but more down to Monaco's own transfer dealings this summer. With the French club having already sold Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Bernanrdo Silva to the Premier League and Kylian Mbappe looking nailed on to join rivals PSG, losing one more star maybe one too many.
However, like Barca, Liverpool are reportedly prepared to up the ante and so we think this is one to keep a very close eye on. Lemar has already had a nice price increase from the rumours and we think he would easily reach a value of around £2.50 on Football Index at Liverpool.
ALEX OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN - ARSENAL
The next option is Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. With the news that Chelsea have agreed a fee of around £40m with London rivals Arsenal, this has at least set the price for Liverpool to match if they wish to hijack the deal. There are strong indications that the player would much prefer a move to Liverpool, perhaps down to a stronger chance of breaking into the first team. However, Liverpool seem slightly less keen and maybe see The Ox as plan B if they cannot get Lemar.
At a price of around £1.70 on Football Index, we'd have to think twice about recommending him. He doesn't carry the same excitement as players such as Salah or Mane and so we'd put his value somewhere around his current price.
VIRGIL VAN DIJK - SOUTHAMPTON
Away from Coutinho direct replacements, let's not forget that they have a huge need to strengthen in defence with long standing target Virgil Van Dijk firmly in the frame. Despite being warned off by Southampton due to alleged tapping up earlier this summer, both Liverpool and the player appear determined to get their wish.
With the extra Coutinho money floating around, maybe now could finally be the time for Liverpool to strike a deal. Van Dijk has a value of £70m+ placed on him by Southampton and you can be sure that they will want to rinse every last penny from the club who have taken so many of their players in recent times.
As we've said in quite a few of our other videos, despite being one of the most expensive defenders on the Football Index, he's not really shown any signs of bringing home the media buzz dividends. With just a single placing in each the top 3 spots, it's questionable if he will bring in more than a couple should the deal finally take place. This is especially true when the transfer is now likely to take place amongst a flurry of other deals - not least of course Coutinho!
RENATO SANCHES - BAYERN MUNICH
Finally, let's take a look at one final potential Coutinho replacement and one that could prove to be the ultimate backup option. Bayern Munich's Renato Sanches has so far failed to make an impact for the German giants and suggestions are that both the club and player are open to offers.
The key part of this deal though is that a loan is very much an option and thus could prove to be the perfect last minute deal should Barcelona take the Coutinho deal right up to the deadline. We think that if Liverpool did bring in Sanhces, he could prove to be quite an attractive buy on the Football Index. Having already jumped up around 30p in the past week, it seems other traders are thinking along similar lines.
At a price of around £1.30, there is plenty of room to bring him up to around the £2 mark and as an exciting attacking player, there could be more than few buzz wins on the agenda for him.
So there we go, 3 options for Liverpool should they accept defeat in trying to keep their Brazilian magician at the club. Who do you think Liverpool will sign and will they be the best option they could get? Let us know your thoughts with a comment on YouTube or message on Twitter.
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