A day after the transfer window shut down in Spain (which was 24 hours later than in the rest of Europe), Barcelona gave a Press conference, and one of the things that were heard was that Liverpool demanded €200m to sell Philippe Coutinho.
On Friday, after weeks of offers and talks, Liverpool put a price on the player that we wanted, a price of €200m and we decided we wouldn’t do it
sporting director Albert Soler told reporters.
That’s an example of the way football is now. This club and this board will not get involved in that, though. What’s happened in the transfer market this summer has taken us to a totally different model of football which we’re not used to
Soler said, before admitting that it was almost impossible for Barcelona to do any business, given that the release clause of Neymar was known to everyone.
The fact that PSG came up with €222m caused everyone to know that the club had money. When you go to the market and clubs know that you have a lot of money, the requests were exorbitant
he said. Soler didn’t close the Coutinho subject without thanking the player himself(!), for doing everything he could to facilitate the move.
We thank the player, he made a big effort to come here and showed that he wanted to play for us, but the situation ended the way it did and there was nothing else we could do
the Barcelona official said. It should be mentioned that Liverpool were quick to deny that they actually demanded €200m for Coutinho, claiming that such a figure was never mentioned.