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Liverpool reject second Barcelona bid for Coutinho: Reports

By-Ahram

Sports

00:08

Friday ,11 August 2017

Liverpool reject second Barcelona bid for Coutinho: Reports

Liverpool have rejected a second bid worth 100 million euros ($117.29 million) for midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Spain s Barcelona, according to British and Spanish media reports.

Barcelona are keen to sign the Brazilian playmaker, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for 8.5 million pounds ($11.03 million) in 2013, and have already had an initial bid worth 80 million euros rejected by Liverpool last month.
 
The 24-time Spanish league champions increased the offer to 85 million euros plus 15 million in add-ons but Liverpool have rejected the second bid, maintaining their stance that the player is not for sale.
 
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has repeatedly said that the 25-year-old, who was a key player for the Anfield outfit last campaign, would not be sold and the club s position is boosted by Coutinho s signing of a new five-year contract last season.
 
Media reports indicate that Barcelona are targeting Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund s Ousmane Dembele as replacements for Brazil forward Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain last week for a world record transfer fee of 222 million euros.
 
While Spanish media have suggested that a deal for Coutinho s move to Barcelona was close to completion, British media say Liverpool have not and will not make any plans to discuss the player s future with the Catalan club.