Barcelona this afternoon placed a new bid of £113m with Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho.
That fee could rise to £118m depending on Coutinho’s appearances at the Nou Camp. However, we understand Liverpool have immediately rejected Barcelona’s offer.
Coutinho has missed the opening two games of Liverpool’s season with a back injury, but the club has repeatedly stressed he is not for sale.
Despite that, Barca have previously said they are “close” to signing him.
On Thursday, responding to Barcelona general manager Pep Segura’s claim that a deal was close, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: “I don’t know why other people are saying what they are saying.
“I don’t even know them – especially this guy. I’ve never even met him.”
Coutinho signed a new five-year contract at Liverpool only last season that contains no release clause.