Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho's impressive performances in the first quarter of the season has attracted interest from all over Europe.
With four goals and four assists for Jurgen Klopp's side, Liverpool have risen to joint-top in the Premier League and now Europe's big boys are circling. However, Spanish newspaper Sport reports that the Brazilian has his heart set on a move to Catalan giants Barcelona.
6 - Philippe Coutinho has assisted twice in a PL game on six occasions since debuting; no player has done so more often in that time. Magic. pic.twitter.com/6vgkIF8uyU— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 29, 2016
For as long as Liverpool's wait for Champions League football lasts, rumours will persist about their star players' heads being turned, and Coutinho has been linked with a switch abroad for many seasons.
However, his consistent form this season has made such talk much more realistic, and with Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain also among the reportedly interested parties, Liverpool fans might just grow concerned.
Coutinho has seen Luis Suarez, whom he starred alongside when the Reds nearly won the Premier League in 2014, flourish since his move to the Nou Camp that year, and clearly has his heart set on a similar career progression.
The report suggested that the Brazil man's representatives sounded out Barcelona regarding a move last summer, but the Catalans decided on moves for Paco Alcacer and Andre Gomes from Valencia instead.
Philippe Coutinho now has more Premier League assists (6) in 2016 than Eden Hazard and Mesut Ozil combined (5). pic.twitter.com/3HvX2tVKPA— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 29, 2016
Coutinho would struggle to displace the incredibly potent three-man axis of Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar at Barcelona, and Liverpool fans will hope that the prospect of being a main player in Klopp's Anfield revolution is enough to stop his head being turned.
The former Inter man is a key part of Klopp's attacking armory, as Klopp has built up quite an array of attacking options, rotating Coutinho with countryman Roberto Firmino, summer signing Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana in Liverpool's charge up the table.
Reds' fans will be dreaming of a title bid, aided, as in 2013/14, by a lack of European football, and more time to perfect Klopp's physically demanding style of play, and any speculation around Coutinho will be unwelcome at Anfield.