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Philippe Coutinho asks to leave Liverpool after club refuse to do business with Barcelona over transfer

Mirror logo Mirror 11/08/2017 Liam Prenderville
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Philippe Coutinho has asked to leave Liverpool after growing frustrated with the club's hard-line stand on a potential move to Barcelona, according to a family member.

Reports emerged on Friday suggesting Coutinho had handed in a transfer request, although they were denied by Liverpool. 

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The midfielder has been the subject of two bids from the Spanish giants - £70million and £90m - but both have been rejected

And in a statement, a family member has claimed Coutinho is annoyed with the club’s refusal to entertain a move away.

"Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution but to no avail,” the statement, released to Sky Sports News, read.

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"He has tremendous love for the club and fans but as Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms."

Liverpool earlier issued a statement insisting he would not be departing on any terms.

The Liverpool statement 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 Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes."

Chairman Tom Werner and principle owner John Henry will not budge in their stance, and the statement ends the saga once and for all.

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They have made clear even if Barca double their offer of £90m for Coutinho - or offer the whole £200m they received for the sale of Neymar to PSG - the Brazil international will not be allowed to leave.

Coutinho has a five year contract, and he has been told even if he puts in a transfer request, it will be turned down.

It is thought Barcelona are preparing a third bid for the Liverpool star, likely to be worth over £100million.

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