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With every passing day, Liverpool midfielder, Philippe Coutinho looks more likely to end up at Barcelona this summer, hence the Reds’ decision to start their search for a replacement.

And the search has taken them to Italy where they are looking at Napoli’s Italian winger, Lorenzo Insigne.

Coutinho did not appear in Liverpool’s 3 – 3 draw with Watford on Saturday as expectations of his departure grew further.

Coutinho has drawn the ire from Liverpool supporters after finally submitting a transfer request to leave Anfield this summer.

With this development, it now appears the club have softened on their “no sale” stance, and will allow the player to leave.

According to the Metro, Liverpool have already taken down the player’s displays in the team’s store at Anfield.

Despite the panic, there is no official word on Coutinho leaving, yet.

ESPN is reporting Liverpool will buy Napoli star Insigne for around £60 million when the Coutinho deal is finalised.

However, it is believed Napoli will resist selling their homegrown star.

Author: Yemi Olarinre