Premier League side Liverpool, Wednesday, rejected a €100 million second bid from FC Barcelona for star midfielder Philippe Coutinho, skysports reports.
The little magician future at Anfield has been filled with lots of rumours this summer after Barcelona reportedly once made an earlier bid for him which was also turned down.
Initially pundits thought the move was to help retain the services of Neymar, who hasn't hidden his love for childhood friend Coutinho.
With Neymar moving to PSG for €222m last week, Barcelona now wants to sign Coutinho as part of the club’s plan to replace the departed superstar.
Its been widely spread that Barcelona were close to a deal for the 25-year-old Coutinho and that representatives for the Liga side were on their way to Liverpool to finalise a deal, a claim Liverpool have strongly tagged as laughable as non of it's officials have met with Barcelona.
Liverpool stood its ground yesterday again by rejecting a second bid of €100m and stating clearly that: " Coutinho is not for sale, and they'll be only wasting their time".
It is also reported that Barcelona are courting 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund attacker Ousmane Dembele, with the France international keen on the move.
By Emmanuel Ndibe
Edited by Cosmos Chukwuemeka