Bartomeu: They asked 200 million for him

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed Liverpool refused to negotiate on Philippe Coutinho and believes this is due to the inflation caused by Neymar’s €222m move to PSG.

“I will not say how much we offered, but Liverpool asked for €200m (£177.6m),” he said in an interview with Catalan outlet 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 (£106.6m). Money has come into football from outside the game and made [the transfer market] more expensive, which explains what happened with Coutinho”.