Barcelona claim deal for Philippe Coutinho is 'close'

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho is a target for Barcelona in the final weeks of the window

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho is a target for Barcelona in the final weeks of the window

The Reds appear adamant that the playmaker is not for sale this summer as the Mirror recently reported that they had rejected an incredible bid worth £90million bid from the Catalan club for Coutinho.

The Spanish giants are looking to sign the Liverpool number 10 to replace Neymar after the Brazil forward moved to Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record £198m deal earlier this month. "We are close, obviously, but as long as we don't have the deal closed, we can not say anything", Segura told TV3.

Jurgen Klopp insists nothing has changed with regards to Philippe Coutinho's future at Liverpool, despite comments from Barcelona's general manager Josep Segura suggesting a deal for the Brazilian is moving closer to completion.

"If the transfer window had ended yesterday we already have a team I like. That is what I'm always doing".

"I can have nothing to say about his attitude because since he got the back injury, he hasn't been in training".

The manager said striker Daniel Sturridge, who sustained a thigh injury in pre-season, is fit to return for Liverpool's first home game of the season, which could prove a tough encounter.

Ousmane Dembele is also wanted by Barcelona in a deal in the region of £100m
Ousmane Dembele is also wanted by Barcelona in a deal in the region of £100m

The German fumed: "I don't know why other people are saying what they are saying".

Coutinho does not want to miss the opportunity to play for Barcelona and has told Liverpool he will never play for them again.

"Coutinho and Dembele are both close", Segura - who worked as Liverpool's assistant technica manager between 2009 and 2012 - told RAC1 after defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"Unfortunately my English is not good enough to give 500 different answers on the same question", Klopp said. At least one bid has already been knocked back as the Ligue 1 champions hold out for £50m and while Arsenal are unwilling to go that high, a desperate Liverpool might.

"What he [Segura] talks about, I can not explain".

"We have talked to him and it was a very normal conversation", he said, Marca report. We need attacking players to compensate for Neymar. "But, how always after injuries, you have to wait how the player is reacting with this intensity".

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