Liverpool have rejected Barcelona’s second bid in the region of £89million for their Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, reports Marca. Barcelona are looking to upgrade their squad with a marquee signing and they view Coutinho as the perfect replacement to replace forward Neymar, who is on his way to PSG on a world record transfer, if rumours are to be believed.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has grown increasingly frustrated with the media on the speculations surrounding the future of his Brazilian star and recently snipped at a Spanish reporter for asking him about his interpretation on the Coutinho saga. Klopp replied, “Well, you formulated the question in a strange way. Where is the interpretation? The word ‘not’ means there is no interpretation for that. It’s nothing new, is it? He is not for sale. There is no interpretation at all. If you say he is available to be sold? I don’t understand that.”
Barcelona though are desperate to land the superstar and have made a second bid after their first bid of £72 million was initially rejected. Liverpool though are not looking to sell off their main asset and have rejected Barcelona’s second bid as well.
If Barcelona are unable to sign Coutinho this summer, they are sure to come after him in the upcoming windows. It will be interesting to see how Liverpool keep on fending off Barcelona’s interest in the future. Coutinho’s head could also potentially be turned by the chances of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world. If they indeed manage to sign Coutinho, it will be serious statement of intent from Barcelona and their new manager Ernesto Valverde.