Philippe Coutinho’s performances for the Anfield club have reportedly caught the eye of the Santiago Bernabeu giants.
Liverpool are not short of star players in their title push, with Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez receiving the bulk of the plaudits for their scintillating goalscoring exploits this term.
However, one man that has been essential in SAS’s supply line has been Philippe Coutinho – arguably the Anfield club’s most technically able and creative player.
The Brazilian playmaker has started to consistently show what he is capable of and scored against Tottenham in the recent 4-0 rout.
It appears that the form of the ex-Inter midfielder has not gone unnoticed though, with Real Madrid being linked with a summer move for Coutinho in the Spanish press.
Television channel El Chiringuito has insisted that the 21-year-old has emerged as a summer target, with Madrid eyes on Suarez also.
Coutinho spent a successive loan spell in Spain with Espanyol and Carlo Ancelotti’s men are believed to be impressed with the South American’s progress in recent times.
Liverpool will be reluctant to sell the diminutive schemer, whose contract on Merseyside runs until the summer of 2018.