Liverpool star Coutinho hands in transfer request to force Barcelona move

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Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has submitted a transfer request, Press Association Sport understands.

Barcelona had a bid of around £90million for the Brazil international rejected by the Reds on Wednesday.

And it is understood Coutinho has now declared to Liverpool his desire to leave – news that emerged on Friday only hours after the club’s owners had issued a statement stressing their stance that the 25-year-old would not be sold during the current transfer window.

Coutinho is understood to have submitted the transfer request personally via email.

Barca, who sold Neymar to Paris St Germain last week for a world-record £200.6m, made their offer on Wednesday having already had a £72m bid for Coutinho turned down in July.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has gone on record a number of times emphasising the player is not for sale, and the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) backed that up on Friday morning by saying in a statement: ”’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 (transfer) window closes.”

That message appeared on Liverpool’s official website just prior to Klopp speaking at a press conference, during which he said of FSG’s statement: ”I think if somebody, in this case FSG, is saying something like this, that is the statement.

”I have said what the club’s decision is about this and now you can read it – that is maybe the only difference. And that is the way it will go.”

Soon after the press conference, reports emerged that Coutinho had handed in a transfer request, and although initially Liverpool insisted that was not the case, it is understood they have now received one from the player.

Also on Friday, a statement released to Sky Sports News, which was said to be from one of Coutinho’s close family members, was read out on the channel.

The statement said: “Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail.

“He has tremendous love for the club and its fans but, like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms.”

In the press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Watford – a game Coutinho will miss due to a back problem – Klopp was asked about trying to keep the former Inter Milan man happy.

The German said: ”I can’t keep players happy. That’s how life is.

”It’s not about this at the moment. Phil is not available for us and that for me is the bigger issue. All the rest is just between me and all the boys, not just Phil.”

Klopp also said he had “nothing to say about this” when asked what Coutinho had said to him regarding the Barcelona interest.

As well as being unavailable for Saturday’s contest at Vicarage Road, Coutinho is a doubt for Tuesday’s Champions League qualifying play-off first leg against Hoffenheim in Germany.

Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from Inter for £8.5m in 2013, signed a new five-year deal with the Merseyside outfit in January that did not include a buy-out clause.

He was their leading scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last term, a season that saw Klopp’s men secure a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League.

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Barcelona bound? Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has submitted a transfer request.

Barcelona had a bid of around £90million for the Brazil international rejected by the Reds on Wednesday.

And it is understood Coutinho has now declared to Liverpool his desire to leave – news that emerged on Friday only hours after the club’s owners had issued a statement stressing their stance that the 25-year-old would not be sold during the current transfer window.

He joins a host of big names to have been seeking a move away from their clubs and here’s a selection of the top five.

PHILIPPE COUTINHO

The Liverpool playmaker submitted a transfer request on Friday amid interest from Barcelona.

The Blaugrana had a £90 million bid for the Brazilian international rejected by the Reds earlier in the week.

Coutinho stressed his desire to leave Anfield, just hours after the club issued a statement insisting that the 25-year-old would not be sold during the transfer window.

The playmaker only signed a new five-year deal in January which made him the club’s biggest earner on £150,000 per week, and with no release clause, the club are in a strong position if they are to negotiate with the Spanish giants.

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

NEYMAR

The Brazilian handed in a transfer request after Barcelona’s pre-season tour of the United States earlier this month.

Neymar subsequently signed for PSG after they met his €222 million release clause – a fee which was more than double the previous world-record transfer fee.

The French Football Federation received the necessary documents to register Neymar on Friday after the Catalans confirmed the cheque for his buyout clause had cleared.

He is in line to make his debut for the French giants on Sunday at Guingamp.

Neymar

Neymar

VIRGIL VAN DIJK

Southampton’s wantaway defender Virgil Van Dijk handed in a transfer request in May as he continues to look for a way out of St. Mary’s.

The Dutch international, who has been linked with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City this summer, said he was “insulted” with claims he had refused to train during pre-season.

Liverpool pushed heavily for a deal at the start of the transfer window but were forced to issue an apology after being accused by the Saints of making an illegal approach for their star defender.

The Reds were willing to pay £60m for the 26-year-old – but it remains to be seen if the deal is forced through given he only signed a new five-year deal last summer.

Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk

RIYAD MAHREZ

The Leicester City attacker handed in a transfer request in May, claiming that “now is the time to move on to a new experience”.

Mahrez, 26, expressed his desire to leave the King Power Stadium, and with Inter and Roma chasing his signature, a move to the Serie A is a strong option for the Algerian.

Mahrez was the PFA Player of the Year during the Foxes’ title triumph, scoring 17 goals and providing 11 assists across the campaign.

The 2015-16 Premier League champions are looking for £50million for their star man, with many of the interested suitors unprepared to meet the club’s demands.

Riyad Mahrez

Riyad Mahrez

ROSS BARKLEY

The boyhood blue expressed his desire to leave Everton after refusing to sign a new contract at the end of last season.

Since then, Barkley has been linked to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea – but no concrete bids have been made.

The England international has been sidelined with a groin injury throughout pre-season and been told he has no future at Goodison Park.

If a Premier League side snaps up the 23-year-old for £25million, it will be the bargain buy of the summer as he was previously valued at close to £50m.

Ross Barkley

Ross Barkley

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Rose has clarified his remarks.

Danny Rose has issued an apology to Tottenham for a newspaper interview that he gave, wherein he criticised the club’s transfer policy and also made comments on his future.

The 27-year old defender told the The Sun that he was undervalued at Tottenham in the interview, before releasing a statement on Friday morning apologising for his actions.

“Having had time to consider my actions I acknowledge now that the timing and manner of what I said was ill-judged,” the 27-year-old said.

“My words were not meant to offend and for that I would like to apologise to the chairman, manager, my team mates and the fans.

“I’d also like to wish the lads good luck ahead of Sunday’s game against Newcastle,” wrote Rose who has been a transfer target for Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester United this summer.

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