Liverpool have rejected a third mammoth bid from FC Barcelona for attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool Football Club have rejected a third bid from FC Barcelona for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho as they remain firm on their stance that the player is not for sale.
The Daily Mail were the first to report the news, claiming that the Catalans had upped their offer from £90.3m to £114.2m, leaving the club with a major decision to make.
Paul Joyce of the Times soon tweeted, confirming the news and revealing that the bid was, in fact, worth £118m and “inclusive of huge add-ons” but just as they did the first two times Barcelona came calling, the club “immediately rejected” the offer.
Barcelona bid £118m, inclusive of huge add-ons. Immediately rejected.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 18, 2017
With Barcelona having been told no on three occasions now, the Catalans must surely be starting to consider moving on to alternatives. The Reds are adamant that the player will remain on Merseyside for at least one more year with both manager Jürgen Klopp and owners Fenway Sports Group publicly maintaining this stance.
The club has missed out on two of their own targets thus far this summer in Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keïta due to the stubbornness of their current employers and is buoyed by the fact that like both aforementioned players, Philippe Coutinho’s contract contains no release clause.
Whether Barcelona opt to return for the player a fourth time remains to be seen but it is becoming increasingly likely that they will be forced to move on to other targets if they are to strengthen their squad by the end of the summer window.