Liverpool have rejected Philippe Coutinho’s transfer request as he seeks to push for a move to Barcelona.
The Brazil international directly communicated this desire to the Merseysiders via email on Friday following a strong statement from Fenway Sports Group (FSG) that his exit would not be sanctioned this summer.
Barca saw two bids swiftly batted away for the 25-year-old, the last of which was tabled in midweek and totalled €100 million.
Both proposals were accompanied with the message that he was not on the market at any price, a stance repeated on several occasions by Jurgen Klopp.
It was furthered with FSG’s definitive position that “no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool football club when the summer window closes”.
In response to that move from the owners, sporting director Michael Edwards was notified of the playmaker’s intentions in the afternoon.
The Reds are not shifting from their position and insist they will turn down further approaches from Barca.