Cash-strapped Barcelona face a race against the clock to sell attacker Philippe Coutinho.

The La Liga champions are desperate to balance the books after the coronavirus lockdown put the squeeze on their finances. 

They are prepared to lower their asking price for Coutinho to 70million euros – less than half the fee they paid Liverpool for him two and a half years ago – so long as he leaves before July. 

Time is against the Catalans, who are under pressure to cut their wage budget by the start of football’s new financial year.

A return to the Premier League is still on the cards, Barcelona-based Diario Sport reports.