Liverpool have rejected a second bid from Spanish giants Barcelona for Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
The Catalan giants second bid was in the region of £90 million (€100 million) structure with an upfront payment of €85 million with €15 million in add-ons.
Liverpool have told Barcelona that Philippe Coutinho is not for sale and expect the matter to be closed now.
However we understand with 3 weeks left of the transfer window, Barcelona are expected to come back in with a third offer for the Brazilian international who they see as an ideal replacement for the departed Neymar.
Barcelona had a £72 million bid for the Brazil international turned down in July, but after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee last week, they have turned their attentions to signing the 25-year old.
It is understood the Brazilian would like to move to the Nou Camp if a deal can be done amicably with Liverpool, but he will not be trying to force a move away from the club.
The attacking midfielder signed a five-year contract with Liverpool in January and the club remain adamant their player is not for sale.
Coutinho has been a key figure for Liverpool since arriving from Inter Milan in January 2013 registering 13 goals and seven assists for the Merseyside giants during their 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
Barcelona are awash with funds after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record transfer fee of £200 million.
They are also targeting Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembélé as an alternative to Coutinho, but have been quoted a sum of £135 million from the German club to secure the young forwards signature.
It seems with cash to burn and an over inflated transfer market, clubs are going to be using Barca’s desperation to sign a replacement to their advantage.