Real Madrid made an effort to scupper Barcelona’s deal for Philippe Coutinho last week, it has been revealed.
Coutinho completed his dream move to Barcelona over the weekend in a deal worth €160m which is the highest signing in La Liga.
Reports in El Mundo Deportivo
says Real Madrid supremo Florentino Perez made a last-minute approach to Liverpool in a bid to wreck Barcelona plans to sign the Brazilian forward.
Coutinho eager to roll with Messi, others at Barcelona
The reports also said before Coutinho fee was settled, an offer of €200m was submitted from Real Madrid, but Coutinho's heart was always set on joining the La Liga leaders.
Perez’s attempt to destabilize Barcelona’s deal may have contributed to the rise in price in the final days of the negotiations.
Real Madrid main target remains former Barcelona forward Neymar, though some section of the Real Madrid’s board favours a move, Eden Hazard.