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REVEALED: How Liverpool chased Barcelona away from Coutinho

News By: Linus Onyeze | 23/09/2017

Phiippe Coutinho was the subject of interest from Barcelona in the summer, but it has beenr revealed how Liverpool chased them away.Phiippe Coutinho was the subject of interest from Barcelona in the summer, but it has beenr revealed how Liverpool chased them away.


Liverpool’s correspondence at the height of Barcelona’s interest in Philippe Coutinho has been revealed, with the Premier League club warning their La Liga counterparts to ‘stop harassing’ the Brazilian.

Coutinho was the subject of three failed bids from Barcelona during the summer transfer window, with Liverpool refusing to sell at any price.

And German newspaper Der Spiegel has published correspondence between the two clubs.

The emails show that the first offer for Coutinho - around £72million - was rejected on July 20 with the Anfield club insisting the player was ‘not for sale at any price’.

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In early August, Barcelona returned with a bid of £90m but Michael Edwards, Liverpool's sporting director, said: "I ask you amicably to stop harassing Coutinho publicly and privately. No amount of money will change our minds."

The Catalan club then had a third bid of £114m rejected towards the end of the transfer window.

Der Spiegel, who worked with Football Leaks, also reports that Coutinho would have earned €115m (£101m) each year for five years.

The 25-year-old's agent was due to receive €10m (£9m) if a transfer fee of €100m was not exceeded.

Coutinho has played in Liverpool's last three games and is expected to start against Leicester today.
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