Liverpool’s hopes of signing Jeremy Doku may have been handed a boost, with his father insisting that Barcelona are yet to show any interest in him.

Doku is one of Belgium’s up and coming stars and has been linked with the big clubs around Europe as a result.

One of those are Barcelona, whom Mundo Deportivo recently reported were looking at the winger as they eye new signings for manager Xavi.

He reportedly wants to add players on the wings, and Doku was one of the names said to be on their list, alongside the likes of Ferran Torres and Karim Adeyemi.

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His father has poured cold water all over those rumours, though, insisting there has been no contact with the Catalans at this point.

“We have not heard anything from Barcelona yet,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws.

“That doesn’t seem right to me. I don’t think Barcelona are in a position to spend big transfer fees right now.

“There are many other clubs who want Jérémy, although I am not allowed to say anything about that.

“He can say, ‘Wait and see’. I don’t think he wants to change yet, but in football, everything can change quickly. It depends which team is interested.”

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This will all come as good news for Liverpool, who have been heavily linked with a move for Doku over the last few years.

Indeed, just over a month ago, it was claimed that they are leading the race for his signature and are best placed’ to get him.

Before that, Doku himself had suggested he believes Liverpool will make a bid for him after discussing his decision to reject them back in January of this year.

That shows there is plenty of interest from those in charge at Anfield, who perhaps see Doku as a replacement for the likes of Sadio Mane down the line.

In fact, that’s a comparison that’s already been made.

The likes of Barcelona joining the bidding would have thrown a bit of a spanner in the works, with the La Liga giants still an attractive option for players despite their struggles of late.

It seems the interest isn’t as strong as the Catalan media have hinted, though, giving Liverpool the opportunity to put themselves right back at the front of the queue.