Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request at Liverpool, according to widespread reports.
12 Aug 2017 - 7:33 AM  UPDATED 12 Aug 2017 - 7:33 AM

Coutinho has emerged as a top target for Barca as they look to replace Neymar, after his €222 million (A$332.46 million) switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Reds are reported to have turned down two bids from the LaLiga giants, the second worth an estimated £100 million (A$164.77 million), and Fenway Sports Group - Liverpool's owners - released a statement on Friday insisting that further offers for the Brazil star would not be considered.

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However, just a few short hours later, it emerged that Coutinho had reportedly demanded a departure from Anfield.

The move will boost Barca in their attempts to replace Neymar, after seeing a bid for Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele rejected on Thursday.

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Coutinho will be out of action this weekend when Liverpool begin their Premier League campaign against Watford due to a back injury.

He scored 13 goals and assisted seven more in 31 Premier League appearances last term, helping Jurgen Klopp's side finish fourth.

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