Liverpool reject yet another bid from Barcelona for star player Philippe Coutinho, this time rejecting a bid in the region of £118 million.
Sky Sports News understands the latest offer was worth an initial £113m and the fee could have risen to £118m based on the Brazil international’s potential appearances at the Nou Camp.
Barcelona have failed with two previous bids for the player, the first bid for £72 million and the second bid of £90 million.
The third bid, a massive increase on the first two, will be a major blow to Barcelona after Liverpool rejected it within minutes of receiving the offer.
It seems Liverpool are sticking to their guns after owners FSG insisted the player is not for sale.
However this statement was followed by the news Coutinho had handed in a transfer request to the club via email one hour after the FSG’s statement.
Barcelona general manager Josep Segura claimed earlier this week that the Spanish club were close to agreeing a deal for Coutinho.
However, when asked about Segura’s comments, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “I don’t know why other people are saying what they’re saying. I don’t even know him. I have never met him.”
Coutinho earlier in the year signed a 5 year contract extension with Liverpool, which included no release clause in his contract.
The Brazilian playmaker enjoyed a fine season last term, scoring thirteen goals and seven assists for Liverpool.
He has yet to feature in any competitive games for the Red’s this season, missing the opening game of the Premier League away to Watford and the Champions League first-leg qualifier to Hoffenheim.
Liverpool are also expected to be without their key playmaker for tomorrow’s home game against Crystal Palace, which will be the Red’s first home game of the Premier League season.