‘Liverpool Wanted €200m for Coutinho’ Reveal Barcelona
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says that Liverpool quoted the club a price of €200m for Philippe Coutinho this summer- which amounts of £177m.
Barca had 3 bids rejected for the Brazilian during the summer transfer window, even though the player submitted a transfer request. Ultimately Barca failed in their quest to land the Reds schemer.
Barca president Bartomeu says that the Catalan club baulked at Liverpool’s asking price, despite having sold Neymar to PSG for a world record £198m fee.
“I will not say how much we offered, but [Liverpool] asked for €200m,” Bartomeu said in an interview with TV3. “We weren’t going to give €200m or €150m.
“We decided to step away from such an expensive market, our offer was less than €100m, with add-ons it could have reached €120m.
“Money has come into football from outside the game and made it more expensive, which explains what happened with Coutinho. We have to make these investments in La Masia and the club’s academy, we must respect the rules.”