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Liverpool's 'tough' stance clear after Barcelona 'hold' meeting with Luis Diaz's agent

Liverpool's Colombian midfielder #07 Luis Diaz reacts ahead of the English Premier League football match between Luton Town and Liverpool at Kenilworth Road
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Barcelona will reportedly push hard to prise Luis Diaz away from Liverpool this summer.

The 27-year-old joined from FC Porto in a deal worth an initial £37m two-and-a-half years ago and has three years left on his current deal at Anfield, but his future has become uncertain in recent months after his father, Luis Manuel Diaz, admitted it would a dream for the forward to join Barcelona.

Club president Joan Laporta has previously revealed that the Spanish giants were one of several clubs interested in signing Diaz from Porto in January 2022 but were left unable to compete with Liverpool due to the club's "difficult" financial situation.

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Now, though, according to Spanish publication AS, Barcelona are drawing up plans on how to prise Diaz away from Anfield with sporting director Deco having already held talks with the Colombian's agent.

It is claimed that the former Chelsea, Porto and Barcelona midfielder, who now serves as the transfer chief at Camp Nou, held a meeting with Diaz's representatives Carlos Van-Strahalen and Raul Pais Da Costa in March. But with Diaz contracted at Anfield until the summer of 2027, it is said Barcelona are prepared for "tough negotiations" with Liverpool, which if successful could allow Raphinha to leave the club this summer.

AS also report that Deco has been left unimpressed with a "lack of character and winning instinct" in the Barcelona squad in recent years, with the club winning just two of the last seven La Liga titles.

Earlier this month, Diaz insisted he was "happy and content" at Anfield despite a disappointing end to the season as the Reds missed out on the Premier League title.

"It’s no secret, we didn’t finish as well as we hoped. For us, it was crucial to win the league and all the competitions we were in. Unfortunately, the results lately could not be achieved," Diaz told Liverpoofc.com.

"We fell [behind] as a team, but we made a decent season, both individually and as a group. There are many things to improve so we can have a perfect season. But I’m happy and content to be here."