Liverpool have rejected a £90million bid for Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona.
The Merseyside club are adamant that the Brazilian playmaker will not be sold this summer, despite this third bid that follows Barca’s initial offers of £72m and £80m last month.
Although Coutinho has made Liverpool aware that he is keen to leave, they are fighting to resist the moves from Spain — especially so close to the new season.
Coutinho, 25, is expected to miss Liverpool’s Premier League fixture at Watford on Saturday with a back injury. He missed training again on Wednesday due to the same issue.
He has been receiving treatment since Liverpool returned from a fitness camp in Germany last Thursday.
Barcelona are desperate to sign the midfielder and they will be watching developments, particularly as Liverpool immediately head into a Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim after Watford. Barcelona do not want him cup tied.
Liverpool’s stance in the face of renewed speculation on Coutinho is that he isn’t for sale, regardless of whether Barcelona raise their offer for the Brazilian to £120m.