Philippe Coutinho doesn’t want to play for Liverpool again.
This is according to the Daily Mail, who understand the wantaway Brazilian playmaker has no intention of ever pulling on the famous red shirt again following his decision to join FC Barcelona.
Coutinho submitted a formal transfer request in an email to Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards on Friday, but it was rejected shortly afterwards.
The 25-year-old, who Barça want to replace Neymar at the Camp Nou in time for the start of the 2017-18 campaign, had hoped the situation could be sorted amicably between the two clubs.
However, after Liverpool rejected a second offer from Barcelona worth £90 million - a fee that would have made him the second most expensive footballer in history - Coutinho decided to take matters into his own hands.
Coutinho has 'lost the trust' of Jurgen Klopp
One of Coutinho’s close family members claims that although the South American loves the club and its fans, he no longer has the trust of manager Jurgen Klopp.
“Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail,” the source told the Mail. “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.'
“There are things that have happened, there is not the same bond. It is regretful, but that is the case. There is no going back.”
The fee Liverpool will accept for Coutinho
According to journalist Duncan Castles, writing for the Daily Record, Liverpool have decided they will sell Coutinho to the Catalan giants - but only on one condition.
Barça will need to fork out an eye-watering €150 million (£137 million) - three-quarters of the fee Paris Saint-Germain paid for Neymar earlier this month - in order to prise the Brazilian away from Anfield.
Castles claims Liverpool are willing to do business with Barça, despite what the Reds and Klopp have been telling the club’s fans in public over recent days.
But they want the European giants to pay an extraordinary fee to soften the blow.
Whether Barça will bow to Liverpool’s demands remains to be seen, but everyone knows they have the finances available to make the deal happen following Neymar’s exit.
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