Barcelona’s pursuit of Philippe Coutinho is officially over after the club’s owners, FSG, released a statement confirming they will not entertain any offers for the Brazilian.
The Blaugrana reportedly failed with an €100 million offer earlier this week, which was rejected immediately by the Reds.
Coach Jurgen Klopp subsequently insisted spoke of how priceless Coutinho was to the club, despite speculation he does wish to move to Barcelona.
There have been reports Barca could return with an improved offer, but FSG’s statement suggests they will be wasting their time, if they do.
“We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho,” read a statement.
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.”
Source | Liverpool’s official website
Barca do look to have turned their focus from Coutinho to Ousmane Dembele, in any case. Dortmund yesterday confirmed they had also rejected an offer for the French international.
However, Dembele has missed training, sparking rumors he is set to force his way out of the club to the Camp Nou.
We await an update but for now, he looks to have replaced Coutinho as Barca’s top target, with speculation indicating an €150m offer would be enough to tempt Dortmund into selling.