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Rita Gibson | 18 August, 2017, 21:32

Liverpool: Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who is a target for Barcelona, has not recovered from a back injury and will miss Saturday's Premier League match against Crystal Palace, manager Juergen Klopp said.

Barcelona have agreed an up-front fee of £90million with Borussia Dortmund for the transfer of Ousmane Dembele, according to reports in Spain.

We are negotiating and that is the truth.

Fernandez said: "We are negotiating and that is the truth. We know we have to help the team and reinforce it and that's what we are doing".

"We hope they will be Barcelona players this season".

Barcelona have already had two bids, the latest being £90,4 million rejected by Liverpool this summer, prompting Coutinho to hand in a transfer request at Anfield.

Last season Coutinho produced some excellent performances for Liverpool as he created 65 chances in the Premier League, while he scored 13 goals.

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Tottenham Hotspur have announced that they have reached agreement with Dutch side Ajax for the transfer of Davinson Sanchez . But Tottenham have done the deal and are taking him to the Premier League .

Coutinho, now sidelined with a back injury, last week handed in a transfer request that was turned down by Liverpool's American owners.

"I don't even know them".

Coutinho now remains unavailable for selection after picking up a back injury in Liverpool's pre-season campaign and is set to be sidelined for tomorrow's home fixture against Crystal Palace.

"I don't know why other people are saying what they're saying (about Coutinho moving to Barcelona)".

Despite that, Barca have previously stated that they were "close" to getting the deal over the line. He stayed, he trained, he worked hard - he stayed away from it as much as he could and didn't make a single comment- and Liverpool say: 'No we're keeping him'.

"The confusion is Pep Segura uses the words Coutinho and Dembele, and uses the word "close", which if you shorten the sentence, there you have a story taken out of context".

"Nothing new. No news from me and nobody has told me anything different since the last time we spoke".

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