Liverpool say Coutinho staying amid interest from Barcelona

LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool's American owners say Philippe Coutinho will not be sold in this transfer window, amid interest in the Brazil playmaker from Barcelona.

In a short statement, Fenway Sports Group say Liverpool's "definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered."

Liverpool has rejected two offers from Barcelona for Coutinho as the Spanish side looks for a replacement for Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record fee of 222 million euros ($262 million) last week. Barcelona has also had a bid for Ousmane Dembele rebuffed by Borussia Dortmund.