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Barca fail with second bid

2017-08-10 06:28:00, Views: 682, ClubCall

Barca fail with second bid

Liverpool have rejected a second bid from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho as they battle to keep hold of the Brazilian.

The Reds are said to have dismissed a £90million offer from the Catalan giants, who have money to burn after selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain for world-record figure last week.

Barca had already had a £72million offer for the Brazilian turned down, with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp going on record to say his prize asset is not for sale.

Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5million in 2013 and signed a new five-year deal in January, but despite struggling with an ankle injury last season, he still scored 14 goals and remains a key part of Klopp's squad for the campaign ahead.

Rumours of a possible move to Barcelona were heightened last week when Coutinho was left out of the Reds' squad for a pre-season game against Athletic Bilbao in Dublin.

But Jurgen Klopp stressed the midfielder was merely suffering from a minor back injury, which is also expected to rule him out of Saturday's Premier League opener at Watford.

Klopp remained tight-lipped over Coutinho's future earlier on Wednesday, saying only that his squad was "in a good shape" ahead of the new season, and it now remains to be seen if Barca will make a third offer for the player.


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