Insider gives latest update on Philippe Coutinho's Liverpool future


LIVERPOOL HAVE TURNED down a third bid from Barcelona for playmaker Philippe Coutinho that is thought to be in the region of £114 million.

We round up the latest Liverpool transfers rumours from around the British and European press on Friday, August 18.

Klopp has continually insisted that Liverpool are under no pressure to sell Coutinho and the midfielder is priceless to the club. "It is true and I recognise this, that they are two players we feel like bringing here".

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Barcelona could be handed a lift after losing 5-1 on aggregate to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup as a senior official claimed the club are "close" to signing Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.

Barcelona may have to consider other prospects at this point, as they undoubtedly need to improve their midfield and attacking options before the transfer window shuts.

Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in an £8.5 million move in January 2013 and is the key creative figure in Jurgen Klopp's team, scoring 14 goals in all competitions last season.

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"He is going to go, when Barcelona come calling I think it is always tough to stay and say no". "Nobody told me anything different since we spoke last time".

Weekend fixtures (UK time): Saturday, Swansea v Man Utd, Bournemouth v Watford, Burnley v West Brom, Leicester v Brighton, Liverpool v Crystal Palace, Southampton v West Ham, Stoke v Arsenal; Sunday, Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea.

Speculation that a move to Barcelona was imminent soon mounted before BVB issued a statement saying a bid had been lodged by the Catalan giants but it did not meet their valuation for a player they signed from Rennes for EUR15m previous year. "What I've found out with people inside Liverpool, they won't sell him". I have nothing bad to say about this. (There is) no news from me.

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"It's a very hard situation, but we have nothing new to say".

Despite the interest from both Premier League teams, Monaco do not want to sell Lemar this transfer window and it looks as though the player will remain in France this season.

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