LONDON – English soccer club Liverpool said on Friday that it would not accept any offers for Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
British media had recently reported that Barcelona had presented two bids for Coutinho in the last few days, claiming the last one was worth up to €99.22 million ($116.78 million).
“We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho,” the Premier League side said in a brief 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 window closes,” Liverpool added.
Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp told Sky TV on Thursday that the club would not let Coutinho go regardless of the amount of money offered.
The 25-year-old Coutinho, who joined Liverpool in 2013 from Inter Milan, signed a five-year contract extension that did not include a release clause.
This comes hours after Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund said that it turned down an offer from Barcelona for French forward Ousmane Dembele.