Why Coutinho to Barcelona Deal Failed

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FC Barcelona identified the Liverpool superstar as a top target following the departure of Neymar, but they were unable to get a deal done

The Anfied club requested €200 million for Philippe Coutinho when Barcelona made a deadline day bid to sign the Brazil forward, according to director Albert Soler.
The Liga giant made Coutinho one of their top targets after Paris Saint-Germain triggered Neymar’s  €222m release clause to prise the forward away from the Catalan giants.
After weeks of failed attempts to bring him to Camp Nou,Barcelona then made a late attempt to sign the 25-year-old before the transfer window closed only for Liverpool to request a whopping €200m.
Barcelona technical director Robert Fernandez claimed Coutinho made a “big effort” to try to engineer a switch to Camp Nou…He continued::

“After weeks of negotiations, yesterday Liverpool asked us for €200m for the player,” Soler told a news conference on Saturday. “We will not put the club at risk.

“We have always worked with the mission not to put at risk the heritage and the viability of the club which is owned by the members.

“The fact that PSG came up with €222m [for Neymar] 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.”

“Liverpool were asking for €200m so logically we didn’t accept that,” he said.

“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.”

He concluded:

“Barcelona have an excellent team and the signings are going to contribute a lot,” Fernandez said. “We have been planning the transfers for a long time. We have chosen high level players that will help us. We have a very good team, the team will help us compete.

“Last night we worked on the possibility of doing some deals and it was not possible. We have to work and look for solutions. We have to think about the future.

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