adidas trainers womens Liverpool demand 150m from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho as Anfield chaos continues
Get daily updates directly to your inbox+ SubscribeThank you for subscribing!Liverpool priced Philippe Coutinho at 150million during negotiations with Barcelona over the Brazil international’s proposed departure from Anfield this week.Barcelona who want to bring Coutinho to La Liga to repair the damage inflicted upon them by Neymar’s enforced exit to Paris Saint Germain refused to meet Liverpool’s valuation of the attacking midfielder, instead making a counteroffer of 100m.Barca’s proposal for an initial payment of 90m with 10m in performance related variables, a fee that would be the highest ever paid to an English side, was rejected by Liverpool.(Image: John Powell)Liverpool’s willingness to do business with Barca in discussions which the Premier League club had sought to keep secret, contrasts with the public position of manager Jurgen Klopp who has repeatedly stated that Coutinho “is not for sale”, and at any price. This morning, the club released a statement from its owner Fenway Sports Group to similar effect.”We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho,” read the statement on Liverpool’s website. “The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.”FSG’s words provoked Coutinho to lodge a formal request to be transferred to Barcelona, with whom the 25 year old has already agreed personal terms. When details of the transfer request and Coutinho’s unsuccessful attempts “to find an amicable solution to this situation” were leaked to the media, Liverpool told local reporters that Coutinho had not, in fact, asked to move.Can Liverpool finally win the English Premier League? Watch our preview for all the facts and figures ahead of the new seasonShortly afterwards it was established that Coutinho had indeed emailed Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards to request the transfer. The attacking midfielder’s request was rejected, with Liverpool’s handling of the day’s affairs further aggravating a severely strained relationship with their most influential player.According to sources familiar with negotiations, Coutinho has sought to secure his exit from Liverpool to the more attractive and successful sporting environment of the Camp Nou in the most conciliatory fashion possible.However, his attempts to negotiate a mutually beneficial departure have been met with what are described as “Klopp’s repeated push for a frontal war”.Klopp is understood to have sought to make an example of Coutinho,
deliberately frustrating the player’s effort to move before either club’s League campaign has started in order to set an example to the rest of Liverpool’s squad. “He is trying to play the hard man,” said one source.(Image: Action Images via Reuters)Coutinho’s response has been to reduce his contribution in pre season preparation for a competitive campaign which begins tomorrow at Watford and is followed on Tuesday by a critical Champions League play off tie at Hoffenheim. “Coutinho is doing little in training,” said another source. “He wants to ensure he gets his move.”Coutinho was omitted from Liverpool’s 23 man squad for last Saturday’s friendly victory over Athletic Bilbao with what his current employers officially described as “a sore back”. The Brazilian has not trained since, will not play against Watford, and by Klopp’s account “is also a doubt for Tuesday”.Liverpool entered the summer transfer window promising record investment in a squad that struggled with Klopp’s unconventional training methods and only just managed to secure their Champions League play off berth, despite being entirely unencumbered by the demands of midweek European football.Although the club has allowed itself to be associated with moves for the likes of Kylian Mbappe this summer, just three signings all on a considerably lower scale have been completed to date, Andy Robertson, Mohamed Salah, and Dominic Solanke.(Image: Getty Images)RB Leipzig have rejected a series of bids for midfielder Naby Keita, while Liverpool were forced to publicly apologise to Southampton over their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk. Also concerned that his current employers will not sanction a move, the Netherlands defender this week requested a transfer amidst interest from Chelsea.Ultimately, Liverpool’s American owners will be forced to take a final decision on selling to Barcelona for the second time in three years a South American recognised as the most talented individual under their employ.Whether they eventually elect to cash in on Coutinho’s inflated valuation or gamble on forcing a disgruntled player to remain on Merseyside against his will, FSG will have to find a way of appeasing the club’s supporters over the summer’s recruitment activity.FSG also need to take Klopp’s public stance on the matter into account. “Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players,” said Klopp this week. “That is set in stone. So what they pay in the end doesn’t matter.”From a financial standpoint, there is no price limit to let him go. No price at which we are ready to give in. Our goal is to have the best possible team. So we want to keep our guys and add new ones. That is our plan.”Chelsea boss Antonio Conte facing meltdown as Real Madrid target Eden HazardScottish PremiershipRangers vs St Johnstone team news plus previews of this weekend’s Scottish Premiership actionInjury and suspension news for the clash at Ibrox plus Celtic’s visit to Tynecastle to face Hearts and Aberdeen’s much anticipated clash with Neil Lennon’s Hibs.Hibernian FCOnly Celtic are a better side than Hibs says Easter Road boss Neil LennonThe Hibs manager insists his side are the best of the rest despite sitting fourth in the Premiership.