It would be no surprise if during the saga of Coutinho transfer talks, Barcelona ask Liverpool if they’d like Rafinha as part of the deal.

The Brazilian is returning to fitness another injury lay-off and he’s on Barcelona’s list of potential sales for the next couple of windows. Wanting to get their wage bill down, Rafinha is one of the obvious players for Barcelona to push out to the market.

Liverpool links go back some way. During the summer it was claimed Liverpool were preparing an offer of €30-40m for the player, and that Jurgen Klopp had asked Michael Edwards to pursue the signing. As Sport Witness covered earlier this month, the asking price is now €15-20m, half of what it was claimed Liverpool could earlier pay.

Mundo Deportivo say Rafinha will wait until the middle of January and then make a decision on whether he’ll move or not. It’s explained Liverpool have been following the Brazilian ‘strongly’, but no offers have yet arrived at Barcelona.

The old prepared offer is of course way too much, which may cast doubt on whether it existed, and now Rafinha is a less risky gamble.