RUMOURS: Barca admit defeat in Coutinho pursuit

Rejoice, Liverpool fans! Barcelona have thrown in the towel in their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho, according the Liverpool Echo.

Barca have failed in three bids for the Brazil international, with the Merseysiders refusing to budge from their stance that he would not be sold at any price.

The most recent offer, worth £118 million, followed two of £72 million and then £90 million, with Coutinho handing in a transfer request and missing Liverpool’s first two Premier League games of the season.

The Echo writes that the Sunday deadline Barcelona set Liverpool to agree their newest offer “went unanswered by sporting director Michael Edwards.”

It adds that “the Catalan giants have belatedly accepted what Liverpool have been telling them all summer: Coutinho is going nowhere” but warns that boss Jurgen Klopp faces a challenge to reintegrate a player who “has blotted his copybook with the Kop…”

Related image