Barcelona accept Coutinho defeat and move on to other targets


Barcelona accept Coutinho defeat and move on to other targets

The 20-year-old Dembele attempted to force Dortmund into selling him to the Spanish giants by boycotting training last week, which led to him being indefinitely suspended, after Borussia rejected an initial bid.

Liverpool would also see money if Barcelona won multiple Champions League titles of if Coutinho wins the Ballon d'Or during his career.

Regardless of that situation, a back injury means Coutinho will not be facing Crystal Palace on Saturday.

However, Klopp is still without Brazil forward Coutinho, ruled out with a back problem, at the end of a week that saw Liverpool reiterate their desire to hold onto their wantaway star amid continued interest from Barcelona.

Prior to Neymar's £198m (€220m) move to Paris Saint-Germain, which sparked Barcelona's scramble to sign Coutinho, it would have represented a new world-record fee.

I wonder what Liverpool's reaction would have been if Barcelona were to offer the complete £119 million up front? He has handed in a transfer request and wants to leave Liverpool for the Catalan club.

But you can imagine, in general, I think for each player Liverpool is a very good club, a very good team in the moment.

"I don't know why other people are saying what they are saying", said Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp in the wake of Segura's comments. That is the question manager Jurgen Klopp is asking amid Philippe Coutinho's links with Barcelona. We are not silly, we know it is a very hard situation - but there's nothing new to say.

"Reading between the lines, he is trying to say - and I have spoken to all the relevant sources - that Barca want both players and they are in talks with their representatives".

Even so, Dortmund remain adamant they will only sell Dembele if Barca meet their conditions. "I don't say there was another bid, only that nothing changed". "With all respect to both clubs, logically in a negotiation you need time to reach agreements for them and for us", Fernandez said. "We hope they will wear a Barca shirt".