By Jack Malone

Liverpool have reportedly set an asking price of €75 million (£68 million) for talismanic playmaker Philippe Coutinho as European giants Paris Saint-Germain contemplate a deal, according to French news outlet Le 10 Sport.

The Reds are desperate to keep hold of the Brazilian and have told the Ligue 1 champions that they will have to spend big to prise him out of Anfield.

Coutinho is said to be PSG’s priority signing for 2017 as they continue to build a side capable of challenging for the Champions League.

However, the Merseysiders are keen to tie the 24-year-old to a new contract in order to ward off any interest from abroad.

The former Inter Milan player has taken his game to new levels this season, scoring five goals and providing five assists in 11 first team appearances.

If his form continues at this level through the remainder of the campaign then £68 million could be a bargain for the midfield magician, who still has his best years ahead of him.

While Coutinho is reportedly happy at Liverpool a big offer from one of Europe’s elite, combined with the opportunity to play regular Champions League football, may prove too good to refuse.

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