Phillipe Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian has indicated his client might find it hard to join any other English Premier League club other than Liverpool.
The Brazilian is expected to leave Barcelona this summer, with Manchester United and Chelsea thought to be interested in the former Reds star.
Joorabchian, however, feels it will not be easy for his client to join another Premier League club, having played for Liverpool before joining the Spanish giants.
"The information from Barcelona is rather mixed," he told Sky Sports.
"‘We had a meeting last week with the president [Josep] Bartomeu and other directors, and they told us he was absolutely not for sale, that they have never spoken about the boy leaving, that they had never offered him to any club,"
"Although there is a guy that works for them called Andre Cury, who apparently has been touting him about – but the president has told us he is categorically not for sale,"
"I think Liverpool lies very, very deeply in his heart, he was a big fan of them throughout the campaign [last season],"
"He was wishing for them to win the title and he has a very strong affinity there so I think it will be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool from a personal standpoint,"
Coutinho might fall down the pecking order at Barcelona, after the club signed Antoine Griezmann, one of their long-term targets.
He came under attack last season from a section of the club's fans, who felt he did not have the right attitude to be at the club.