- Liverpool tell Barcelona that midfielder Phil Coutinho is not available
- The Catalans think Coutinho could be the perfect replacement for Neymar
- Barcelona made a bid of €85m to be paid upfront with €15m in add ons
Barcelona's €100 million bid for Brazilian midfielder Phillipe Coutinho has been rejected by Liverpool, the Telegraph reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the bid put forward by the Catalans included an upfront payment of €85m with €15m in add ons.
The 25-year-old join the English club from Inter Milan back in 2013 for £8.5m from.
It is understood that he will not force a move to Spain by handing in a transfer request although he is willing to link up with the likes of Lionel Messi.
Barcelona were rocked by Neymar's departure to PSG for a world record deal and are looking for a replacement for the player and the ageing Andres Iniesta.
Liverpool however remain insistent that the 25-year-old will not be sold.
The Brazil international signed a new five-year deal at the club in January that does not include a release clause.
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On Wednesday, NAIJ.com reported that Barcelona were already contacting media houses to cover Coutinho's presentation in Friday.
According to Andy May, a top reporter at BT Sport, Coutinho is set to be unveiled by Barcelona on Friday, August 11, 2017.
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