Liverpool have rejected a bid of £90 million from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho. This is the second bid that the Spanish club have made for the Brazilian international, but it was rejected immediately as the Reds reiterate that he isn’t for sale. Los Cules have money to spend after selling Neymar in a world record deal worth £200 million and his international colleague has emerged as their main target to replace the forward.
Jurgen Klopp has had a disappointing summer as he has failed to sign key targets and he will be desperate to keep Coutinho at the club, even if it is only for one more year. The Brazilian is now one of the best players in the Premier League and it would be a near impossible task to replace him. The Reds have already had problems bringing in players and they won’t want to have another squad place to fill.
The offer from Barcelona is an acceptable amount for a player with Coutinho’s resume. That said, Liverpool would find it difficult to replace him with a player with similar ability. The window is drawing to a close and everyone knows that money that the Spanish giants now have available to them. If they are to sign a player this summer, they will need to pay above and beyond his value. This update underlines that.
This transfer is far from over, as there could be an improved bid from Barcelona. However, Liverpool are standing strong and are right to persist that he isn’t for sale. If they are to let him go, it needs to be on their terms and they should try to secure as much of the Neymar fee as they possibly can. The Reds would also be wise to identify possible replacements and get a deal in place before agreeing to selling Coutinho.
Although Liverpool have rejected the latest offer, this saga is far from over. Here is how Twitter reacted to the news that the Reds have turned down a £90 million offer for Coutinho:
Barca are mad to bid €100m for Coutinho. Liverpool are mad to reject it.
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) August 9, 2017
Live scenes of Barca's €100m bid for Coutinho coming in pic.twitter.com/rALuXzGPwd
— Matt (@Anfield_Maestro) August 9, 2017
The truth is that Coutinho would be happy to join Barça but would ALSO be happy to stay at the club that literally rescued his career.
— Seleção Brasileira (@BrazilStat) August 9, 2017
Barcelona tried to get Coutinho for £90 million? pic.twitter.com/37vDadkkdh
— fivetimesclub (@fivetimesclub) August 9, 2017
Some think Liverpool should sell the player:
Liverpool should sell Coutinho and then reunite Klopp with Reus and Aubameyang. ???
— Tom D. (@ThingsTomTweets) August 9, 2017
£125m and sell him. He wants the move but doesn't want to piss on us and won't ask to be let go. So Let him go. He's earned it. #coutinho
— Scouse Photographer (@PhotographyM1ke) August 9, 2017
£90 million for coutinho. I'd be tempted to sell
— Kai (@KaiBenson98) August 9, 2017
Although the majority of Liverpool fans don’t want to:
Please don't sell Coutinho @LFC
— Forrest Bondurant (@Mphiga_) August 9, 2017
All these football "experts" saying sell Coutinho must honestly be blind. He is a game changer, many past games flipped because of him.
— lewis [Team?] (@itsLewisD) August 9, 2017
Far too worried about Coutinho leaving to give a shit about sleeve sponsor. FSG have to show the smallest bit of ambition and keep Coutinho.
— Barry LFC O Sullivan (@NotoriousLFC) August 9, 2017
Barcelona fans don’t want to sign him:
Forget Coutinho and just pay the fucking money for Dembélé.
Get Iñigo and Seri with leftovers of the money.
Just get it fucking over with!
— D10S (@FCBGolazo) August 9, 2017
So stupid. We do NOT need Coutinho https://t.co/6zbdIMhSyH
— FCB News (@fcbnewsofficial) August 9, 2017