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Liverpool reject Barcelona’s £90m bid for Coutinho

Liverpool have rejected a bid of 100 million euros (£90m) from Barcelona for Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Barca’s second bid for the 25-yearold, which was rejected immediately, comprised an initial 85m euros (£76.8m) plus 15m euros (£13.5m) in add-ons. Liverpool have reiterated that Coutinho – who joined them from Inter Milan for £8.5m in 2013 – is not for sale. Barcelona sold Brazil forward Neymar to Paris St-Germain for a world record transfer of £200m last week.

Coutinho who scored 14 goals last term and spent six weeks out with an ankle injury, signed a new fi ve-year deal in January, which did not include a release clause. Meanwhile, Manager Jurgen Klopp said the Reds were not “a selling club” when Barca’s previous £72m off er was rejected in July, and Liverpool consider the matter closed. Liverpool are stepping up their interest in Gremio’s Brazilian forward Luan, dubbed ‘the new Ronaldo’, by sending a scout to watch the 24-yearold. RB Leipzig chief Ralf Rangnick has admitted the German club will likely sell 22-year-old midfi elder and Liverpool target Naby Keita, but not until next season

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