Liverpool’s owners have shut down Barcelona’s pursuit of Philippe Coutinho by stating “no offers will be considered” and he will remain a Liverpool player when the window closes.
Having swiftly turned down two bids from the Catalan club for the Brazil international – the last of which totalled €100 million – Fenway Sports Group have supported Jurgen Klopp’s repeated insistence that the 25-year-old is not for sale this summer at any cost.
“We wish to offer clarity as regards to our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho,” a statement on behalf of FSG read.
“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 window closes.”
Reports emanating from Spain and Brazil on Tuesday suggesting a deal had been agreed between both sides for the play maker was dismissed, with the Reds having never wavered from their position that there would be no negotiations over a transfer.
Coutinho signed a new five-year contract without a release clause in January, which emboldened Liverpool to promptly and strongly rebuff Barca’s approaches as well as the pressure from an offensive to unsettle their standout star.
The club’s intention was to improve upon their foundations for 2017-18, with Klopp adamant he would not lose any of the core members of his squad this summer.