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Barcelona reveal Liverpool's asking price for Coutinho

It has been one of the big stories of the summer but Barcelona have revealed why they were unable to sign Philippe Coutinho.

With the Spanish Transfer Deadline only ending on Friday evening, some 24 hours after the one in England, there was still a possibility that Philippe Coutinho could have completed his big money move to the Nou Camp.

However Barcelona officials have revealed that the deal broke down due to Liverpool’s exorbitant valuation of the player, a valuation that would have seen Coutinho as the second most expensive player of all time.

In a post transfer window press conference, Albert Soler said:

“We don’t want to get caught up in such an inflated market. Normally it’s traditional clubs that are big actors. Not right now.

“After weeks of offers, yesterday Liverpool wanted €200 million for one player. We won’t put the club at risk.”

Meanwhile Robert Fernandez added.

“We have a fantastic squad and the new arrivals will help us to compete and maintain our standards”

Barcelona have of course already spent big this summer, bringing in Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund as a replacement for Neymar.

Meanwhile, Munir left the club on a season long loan joining Alaves.

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