Tuesday's Liverpool transfer rumours: Philippe Coutinho, Virgil van Dijk and more
Last Updated: 01/08/17 9:55am
The latest Liverpool transfer news and rumours from across the British and European press on Tuesday, August 1.
Philippe Coutinho dominates the agenda, with Spanish outlet Diario Gol reporting Lionel Messi has told friends the Brazil international has agreed to join Barcelona.
Argentina star Messi is apparently confident Coutinho will join once Liverpool have advanced to the Champions League group stage.
Jurgen Klopp's side must first negotiate a play-off round before progressing into the group stage of Europe's elite club competition.
Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror says Jurgen Klopp has a simple and emphatic message for Barcelona: "Read my lips, Coutinho is not for sale".
But that doesn't mean he is not preparing for Coutinho's departure. The same paper says Klopp has eyed Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches as the ideal man to replace the Brazil star.
The Daily Telegraph carries a similar story with a different Coutinho replacement. Citing reports in Spain, it is claimed Liverpool will target Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.
The Germany international has one year left on his Gunners contract and is yet to sign an extension.
Elsewhere, Liverpool are ramping up their chase for Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, according to the Daily Mail.
The report suggests Saints are preparing for the Netherlands international's exit by bidding £12m for Lazio's Wesley Hoedt.
And finally the Daily Express reports Inter Milan are lining up an offer for Sadio Mane.
The Italian giants are reportedly ready to bid £35m for the Senegal international, who recently returned from a knee injury to feature in Liverpool's 3-0 pre-season win over Hertha Berlin.