Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho has responded to Liverpool's announcement that he would not be leaving Anfield this summer by handing the Merseyside outfit an official transfer request in a bid to force a move to Camp Nou.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stood firm on the player's position throughout the summer and owners Fenway Sports Group released a statement on Friday morning announcing that Coutinho was not for sale.Liverpool reject £108.8m Barca bid for CoutinhoBarcelona agree £108.8m Coutinho fee with Liverpool
But Sky Sports are now reporting that a transfer request has been submitted by the player. The request does not force the Kops to do anything, but now they know exactly what Countino's desires are.
This was sent by email after Liverpool turned down Barcelona’s second offer, of £90.4m. Coutinho’s close family member told Sky Sports: “Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail.
“He has tremendous love for the club and its fans, but like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms.”
The statement by Liverpool owners, Fenway Sports Group as released on Friday read: "We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho.
"The club's definitive stance is that no offers for [Coutinho] will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes."