Report: Mahrez lined up as Barca’s ‘Plan B’ to Coutinho

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If Liverpool stands firm in its summer-long desire to keep Philippe Coutinho in the fray at Anfield, another Premier League team could take a hit.

AS reports that Barcelona has approached Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez and told him they’d like him at the Camp Nou should the Coutinho move fall through.

And according to the Spanish publication, “The player knows and has accepted his status as a plan B.”

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That’s not to say Mahrez won’t have his alternatives, having been linked to Chelsea, AS Roma, and Arsenal this summer.

The price tag would reportedly be $60 million, some $100 million-plus shy of what Barcelona would pay for Coutinho.

Mahrez, 26, scored 23 goals and added 14 assists over the past two Premier League campaigns, while Coutinho, 25, has 21 and 12 over that same span.

In other words, Barcelona’s sheer lunacy in its Coutinho offer could be overwritten if Liverpool doesn’t change its stance, and Leicester could get a similar player for far less money (Granted Mahrez would have to switch sides of the field because of some bum named Messi).

They should be so lucky.