LONDON (Reuters) –Liverpool have rejected a second bid worth $117.29 million for midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Spain’s Barcelona, according to British and Spanish media reports.
Barcelona are keen to sign the Brazilian playmaker, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for $11.03 million in 2013, and have already had an initial bid worth $93 million rejected by Liverpool last month.
The 24-time Spanish league champions increased the offer of more than $100 million but Liverpool have rejected the second bid. Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has repeatedly said that the 25-year-old 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 $262 million.
British media say Liverpool have not and will not make any plans to discuss the player’s future with the Catalan club.