Barcelona are keen to sign the Brazilian
playmaker, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for 8.5 million
pounds ($11.03 million) in 2013, and have already had an initial
bid worth 80 million euros rejected by Liverpool last month.
The 24-time Spanish league champions increased the offer to 85
million euros plus 15 million in add-ons but Liverpool have
rejected the second bid, maintaining their stance that the
player is not for sale.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has repeatedly said that the
25-year-old, who was a key player for the Anfield outfit last
campaign, would not be sold and the club's position is boosted
by Coutinho's signing of a new five-year contract last season.
Media reports indicate that Barcelona are targeting Coutinho and
Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele as replacements for Brazil
forward Neymar, who joined Paris St Germain last week for a
world record transfer fee of 222 million euros.
While Spanish media have suggested that a deal for Coutinho's
move to Barcelona was close to completion, British media say
Liverpool have not and will not make any plans to discuss the
player's future with the Catalan club.
(Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by John
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