Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has reportedly launched an official transfer request following the statement of club owners, Fenway Sports Group, that he is not for sale, as they rebuffed Barcelona’s second bid for the Brazilian superstar.
Coutinho has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, and after the departure of Neymar to PSG, the Catalan side too, is desperate to add a high quality player to their ranks. Barca are eyeing the Liverpool ace as Neymar’s replacement, and have launched multiple bids, with the latest one in the range of £90.4m, to obtain Coutinho’s signature.
However, according to Sky Sports, the Reds’ owners have rejected the Blaugrana’s latest bid to capture the 25-year-old, by stating clearly that the Brazilian is not for sale.
The statement issued by FSG read: “We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho. The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer (transfer) window closes.”
It was further reported that this has led to a transfer request thrown in by Coutinho, who is hoping to switch to Camp Nou this summer. But, the Reds seem to be denying any such incident, and remain rigid on the fact that the Brazil international would not be going anywhere this season.
It was also claimed that a close family member of Coutinho’s commented on the situation, by saying: “Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail. He has tremendous love for the club and its fans, but like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms.”
Klopp said: “I think if somebody, in this case FSG, is saying something like this it is the statement. I think I have said it already a few times, but maybe that’s not 100% clear. I don’t think I ever told you anything about what I spoke to players (about). I turned 50 in the summer, so maybe I forget things like this. I have nothing to say about this.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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