Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho – this time for £114million.
The club and its owners have insisted throughout the summer that Coutinho will not be sold in this summer transfer window and they have again stood their ground.
The Spanish giants had been expected to make an improved offer for the 25-year-old after he emailed a transfer request to Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards last Friday.
That followed a statement from Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, that Coutinho would be staying at Anfield beyond this transfer window and the club’s position has not changed in light of recent events.
Philippe Coutinho signed a five-year contract extension with Liverpool that contains no release clause, making a deal very unlikely due to the club being unwilling to do business involving the Brazil international.
Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele have been Barcelona’s main targets following the world record transfer of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.