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Liverpool determined to keep Philippe Coutinho even if Barcelona offer £100m

Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho (L) competes for the ball with Leicester City FC defender Danny Simpson during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between Liverpool FC and...

Liverpool’s determination to keep Philippe Coutinho has not altered despite indications Barcelona are prepared to pay £100m for the Brazil international.

Barcelona had a £72m offer for Liverpool’s influential playmaker rejected over a fortnight ago and, now flush with £200m from the world-record transfer of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain, are pursuing their interest in the 25-year-old.

Despite reports in Spain claiming Barcelona hope to conclude a deal by Tuesday Liverpool have not received a second bid for Coutinho. There has been further contact since their original offer was rejected, with Barcelona indicating they are willing to make Coutinho the second most expensive player in history.

Liverpool’s stance is unchanged with Jürgen Klopp and the owners, Fenway Sports Group, adamant Coutinho will not be sold this summer.

That position has been relayed to Barcelona and is strengthened by the five-year contract Coutinho signed in January, one that does not contain a release clause.

Liverpool have signed Mohamed Salah for a club record £36.9m, the striker Dominic Solanke and the left-back Andy Robertson from Hull City this summer but their midfield and defensive priorities – Naby Keïta of RB Leipzig and Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk – remain out of reach at present with their clubs refusing to sell.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Andy Hunter, for The Guardian on Monday 7th August 2017 17.03 Europe/London

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