Paris Saint-Germain have tabled an offer of €270 million (£239m) to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.
The French champions hope his signing will convince Neymar to stay at the club.
Barca signed the Brazil international from Liverpool for £142m in the January transfer window but now have the chance to make nearly £100m on the player.
Philippe Coutinho is only six months into a five-and-a-half-year contract at the Camp Nou, leaving Barca in no rush to sell, and his form for club and country has only made him a more valuable piece of Ernesto Valverde’s puzzle
PSG are yet to contact Barca directly, however, according to Mundo Deportivo the French giants have submitted their world-record offer to one of Coutinho’s representatives.
Barca would only allow him to leave if his €400m (£353m) release clause is met, even though they are not willing to sell the midfielder.
Coutinho has made 22 appearances in all competitions for Barcelona, scoring 10 goals and providing six assists.
According to the report, Neymar’s uncertain status in Paris has caused concern with his employers, who feel signing childhood friend Coutinho would be one way to convince him his future lies at the Parc des Princes.
However, it concludes by saying Barca’s newest midfield gem wants to stay with the Blaugrana, which is of little wonder given the immediate success he enjoyed in La Liga following his winter switch.
Coutinho is currently on holiday following Brazil’s World Cup campaign in Russia.