Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona makes sense, according to Graham Hunter

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The Liverpool forward has been linked with a move following comments made by Barca star and Brazil teammate Neymar.

Speaking to Sky Sports, La Liga expert Graham Hunter admits Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho joining Barcelona would 'make sense', but says a move is unlikely to happen any time soon.

The Reds star has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp in recent weeks, after Barca forward and Brazil teammate Neymar said the player would suit the La Liga champions, as reported by Sky.

Those comments fuelled speculation that Luis Enrique’s side could try and add Coutinho to their recent list of big-money signings, and Hunter says a deal could work for all concerned.

"It makes sense. The players know each other,” he told Sky Sports.

“Coutinho has the skill-set and he's the right type of guy for the marketing that Barcelona like a lot indeed. It's something that you can see them coming back to but wages, price and availability are the problem.”

Not in the next couple of transfer markets

Hunter, however, concedes that a move to Spain is unlikely to happen for the talented playmaker in the next couple of transfer windows.

Barcelona were handed a transfer ban for this season, meaning they cannot officially register players until January 2016.

That did not stop them spending money over the summer, however, with big-money moves for Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal having been completed while working under an embargo.

They already have a hugely talented squad that Coutinho would face a fight to get into, and Hunter says it is for that reason that Coutinho is safe for the moment in Liverpool - but admits that one day the South American could find himself playing for the Catalan giants, as he certainly has the ability.

“This is a story we'll be coming back to time and time again as this fella has the ability,” he added.

“Coutinho is safe for the moment but one day at the Camp Nou? Yeah. In the next couple of transfer markets? I don't think so."

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