Liverpool have rebuffed an offer from Paris Saint Germain for Brazilian attacking-midfielder Philippe Coutinho, setting their price in the process.
According to reports in the Mirror yesterday, Liverpool have rebuffed an offer from Paris Saint Germain for Brazilian attacking-midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
The French club were said to be keen on bringing the Reds number 10 to the club but were quoted a staggering £87m sum by Liverpool, a fee that would see any move for the player make him the second highest transfer fee of all time behind Paul Pogba who moved back to Manchester United for £89m last summer.
Barcelona are also known to have vested interest in the talismanic Brazilian but their planned approach for his signature is said to be far more long term, with Marco Verratti reportedly their primary midfield target for this window.
Coutinho became the Reds highest earner back in January when he committed to a new, bumper five year contract extension, agreeing to terms that will see him earn roughly £150k a week.
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“I signed this new contract to stay here for a few more years because it’s a great honour for me,” said Coutinho at the time.
“It gives me great happiness because I was welcomed here with open arms by everyone at the club and the supporters right from my first day. I am very thankful to this football club for everything.”
The Brazilian maestro has since continued to reiterate his commitment to Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool and his desire to remain on Merseyside for at least the short-term future.
Coutinho enjoyed a career best return of 14 goals and 10 assists in 36 appearances across all competitions last season, becoming the Premier League’s all time leading Brazilian goalscorer in the process and is well on his way to becoming Jürgen Klopp’s main man.