(The Telegraph) - The biggest transfer story doing the rounds this morning is Jurgen Klopp's hands-off message to Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho
The Spanish giants are prepared to make a £60m move for the Liverpool midfielder this month but the Anfield manager has told Barcelona in no uncertain terms that Coutinho is simply not available.
Klopp said: “We never had any ideas or plans or any talks about him leaving, because he is our player – there are no other ideas, nothing has changed.”
Coutinho returns to action for Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-final tonight against Southampton after a six-week lay-off through injury.
Klopp had been hoping that his absence might have made rivals forget about targetting him in the transfer window.
“It would be nice if big clubs forgot about a player completely because he’s been injured for five or six weeks.
“I’m not sure it’s like this though, but he is our player and that is it.”
Here are a few other stand-out rumours today:
- Chelsea want to sign Swansea striker Fernando Llorente on loan until the end of the season after the Welsh club agreed a deal for Aaron Leya Iseka - the brother of Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi.
- Marco Silva wants to make Oumar Niasse his first siging at Hull. Niasse has made just seven first-team appearances since joining a year ago.
- Man City are keen to sign Barnsley full-back James Bree. City aren't the only ones with Man Utd, Spurs, Arsenal, Southampton and West Ham also keeping tabs on the teenager.
- Everton are keen to splash out £4m to sign Hull midfielder Ahmed Elmohamady.
- Ivan Rakitic's representatives say the Croatia international is happy at Barcelona and will not be leaving this month.
- Everton midfielder James McCarthy is ready to leave the club amid concerns over his future role at the club.