How Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho's proposed transfer could be bad news for Leeds United and Aston Villa

Ryan Kent of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

Leeds United and Aston Villa have both been looking to secure Ryan Kent on loan from Liverpool.

Barcelona’s pursuit of Philippe Coutinho could be bad news for clubs chasing Ryan Kent, with the youngster looking less likely to leave Liverpool on loan.

Kent has enjoyed a brilliant pre-season at Liverpool, which has caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp.

The Hull Daily Mail suggest that both Leeds United and Aston Villa are still interested in doing a deal to bring the Welsh international in on loan.

Ryan Kent of Liverpool during a pre-season friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 12, 2017 in Birkenhead, England.

However, if Barcelona take Coutinho, then Leeds and Villa may be left with no chance of landing the attacking midfielder.

Although Kent is unlikely to be seen as Coutinho’s direct replacement, Klopp may be loathed to loan out the 20-year-old, if the Brazilian does depart.

Kent possesses great skill and dribbling ability, and Coutinho’s exit would open up a place for him in Liverpool’s first-team.

The rumours that Kent could sign for both Villa and Leeds has created great excitement around both clubs.

But it may be that Leeds and Villa are left waiting for the Coutinho transfer to come to an end, before they can snap the attacking midfielder up.

The Telegraph have suggested that Barcelona have made Coutinho one of their first-choice targets to replace Neymar, with talk of a £90 million bid emerging.

And although Liverpool are currently standing firm, Klopp’s side will still face a fight to keep hold of the Brazilian international.

Ryan Kent of Barnsley in action during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay between Barnsley and Blackpool at Oakwell Stadium on January 17, 2017 in Barnsley, England.

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