Philippe Coutinho has personally submitted a transfer request, as his war with Liverpool’s owners broke out into the open.
The Brazil star responded to a statement issued this morning by Reds bosses FSG, which definitively started he would not be sold during the current transfer window under any circumstance for any price – by slapping in his demand to leave.
According to reports, the player’s representatives suggested privately that he would be submitting the request at lunch time, and that duly followed, with the player himself sending an email to the club setting out a formal transfer request.
Coutinho’s actions are a surprise, because when players officially ask to leave, they usually prefer to do it through their representatives.
But the midfielder’s decision to make a personal submission suggests he is determined to leave, with Barcelona ready to bid again for his services.
Coutinho’s actions leave disappointed fans in no doubt that he wants to turn his back on the club and their affections, despite being a huge idol amongst the passionate support.
But FSG have rejected the request and made clear – categorically – their intent to ensure the Brazilian is a Liverpool player when the window closes will not be altered.
The club’s American owners made the same statement when Luis Suarez agitated for a move to Arsenal, and they refused to budge despite threats of court action, with the Uruguay international eventually backing down and staying at Anfield for another season.
In a statement this morning, FSG made clear Coutinho had no chance of leaving, no matter what action he now decides to take.
“We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho,” read the statement on Liverpool’s website on Friday morning.
“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.”