After a rollercoaster of speculation, the Liverpool Echo say that Liverpool have rejected an official transfer request from Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian reportedly emailed the request to sporting director Michael Edwards at 1pm on Friday, only an hour after Jurgen Klopp’s pre-Watford press conference.
The move is an unexpected one after the club insisted that he would not be sold this summer in an official statement. Clearly, Coutinho feels that his hand has been forced as he seeks to ensure that he does make a move to Barcelona with the La Liga giants interested in signing him this summer.
Another player surrounded by doubts about his future is Emre Can. Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport now say that Juventus will make a €25 million (£22.7 million) bid in a last ditch attempt to lure him to Turin. The German is yet to extend his contract which now has less than 12 months left to run.
It seems unlikely that Liverpool will accept the offer from the Champions League finalists. Even in that case, the Reds must be wary of the fact that the Bosman ruling would allow Can to speak to other clubs about a free transfer from January if he has not agreed a new deal to remain at Anfield.
In another blow to Liverpool’s transfer hopes, former defender and now Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino believes that Virgil Van Dijk will remain at the club this summer. The Independent quote the newly appointed manager as revealing:
“My reaction is the same that I said three weeks ago. We are expecting him to come back to train with us because we need the player, we need all of them. Hopefully he can change his point of view to be with us because we need the player. Virgil is an important player. We need him to focus on our club… Virgil is part of our club, he has a contract. But now we are waiting.”
Van Dijk has been ruled out of this weekend’s action with a virus but it is clear that Southampton do not want to sell. Unless Liverpool have the money to persuade the Saints, it looks unlikely that they will get their man this summer.