Barca ‘admit defeat’ for Coutinho?

Barcelona are giving up on the possibility of signing Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to reports in Spain.

El Mundo Deportivo cites a report in prominent Catalan radio station RAC1 which states the Blaugrana see any deal for the Brazilian this summer as ‘impossible’ due to the English club’s reluctance to sell.

The Catalan giants saw a reported third bid for the 25-year-old knocked back on Friday and this is said to have prompted chiefs at the Camp Nou to prioritise other targets.

Mundo Deportivo say there is still hope for the club that a deal may yet materialise late in the transfer window due to the former Inter forward requesting a move away from Anfield.

There is said to be a belief that should the Brazilian international continue to let the club know of his strong desire to leave, a club record bid could yet be accepted.

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