Liverpool deny Barcelona’s Coutinho claims

Liverpool have denied that they demanded as much as €200 million (£183m) from Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, according to the BBC.

The Brazilian attacking midfielder had been strongly linked with a move to Camp Nou following the sale of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, the Premier League side remained firm in their stance that Coutinho was not for sale this summer.  The transfer window shut for English sides at 11pm on Thursday 31 August and 24 hours later in Spain.

Barcelona made Ousmane Dembélé the second most-expensive player in the world when they splashed out €105 million plus add-ons for the 20-year-old from Borussia Dortmund last month.  They were not prepared to spend more than that on Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool had reportedly rejected offers of £72m, £90m and £114m from Barcelona last month.

Coutinho scored 13 goals and recorded a further seven assists in his 31 Premier League appearances for the Reds last season for whom he helped reach the UEFA Champions League.

Barcelona director Albert Soler claimed at a press conference on Saturday that Liverpool put a €200 million valuation on the 25-year-old on the final day of the Spanish transfer window.

The Premier League club have since reported Barcelona’s claim as “absolutely false”.