Brendan Rodgers jokingly suggests he wants Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers watches from the sidelines during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017 in...

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers makes a joke regarding signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has jokingly suggested to The Daily Record that he wants to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

Coutinho is one of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League and has been linked with a move away from Liverpool this summer.

According to The Mirror, Spanish and European giants Barcelona are interested in signing the Brazil international star.

It has been reported that Barcelona want the 25-year-old as a replacement for Neymar, who recently left for Paris Saint-Germain for a transfer fee of £200 million (as claimed by The Mirror).

Celtic manager Rodgers has jokingly said that he wants to sign Coutinho from Liverpool ahead of their Champions League playoff tie against FC Astana.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers watches from the sidelines during the Champions League second round first leg qualifying game between Linfield and Celtic at Windsor Park on July 14, 2017 in...

“It’s an astronomical amount of money to pay for a wonder player, frightening really,” Rodgers told The Daily Record.

“Am I looking to bring someone in ahead of Astana? Yes, Coutinho. We’ll see, we’re looking but I will always wait for the right quality.

“Everyone tells you there is not a player worth anywhere near the value given to Neymar but my experience of the big clubs, big fees and big salaries is that, if they are paying that, they think they can get it back.

“If they are paying £198 million in a transfer feee, they obviously think they can get it back through shirts or TV.

“If they buy a £100m player they think, as a business, they will get at least £101m back. That’s how they work.”

Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho (L) competes for the ball with Leicester City FC defender Danny Simpson during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and...

Celtic are a massive club and have a huge following, but the Glasgow giants do not have the financial muscle as some of the teams in England do.

The Scottish Premiership is not as big as the Premier League, which is why it is hard to see the Hoops signing players like Coutinho in the coming years.

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