Liverpool have earned a reputation as savvy operators in the transfer market in recent seasons. Michael Edwards has been wheeling and dealing to assemble a world beating squad for a snip of a net spend. One of his most famous deals saw a player depart for the Spanish La Liga. Emails leaked by Der Spiegel reveal just what Liverpool told Barcelona during the Philippe Coutinho saga.
The Coutinho story
Liverpool fans were enamoured with Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian was one of the key cogs of what became known as the Fab Four, himself, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino devastated defences in the 2017/18 season.
He had it all: an eye for a pass, long range goals, flair, the lot.
He had so much in fact that Barcelona came knocking, and knocking, and knocking.
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After rebuffing their approaches for months on end, the Reds eventually agreed to sell the Brazilian to the Catalan club.
He joined Barca for an astronomical fee of £142m, a fee that would later appear farcical in the grand scheme of things.
Leaked Liverpool and Barcelona emails
Der Spiegel has published a string of leaked emails which detail the conversations Liverpool and Barcelona had about Philippe Coutinho.
The German outlet, famous for their outing of corruption in the game, has revealed just what Michael Edwards told the Catalan club.
Edwards is alleged to have told the Camp Nou side that Coutinho wasn’t for sale “at any price” when they lodged a £72m bid in July 2017.
An improved bid of £90m was rejected in August with Edwards adding:
“I ask you amicably to stop harassing Coutinho publicly and privately. No amount of money will change our minds.”
Another offer, this time £114m, was also rejected and talks ended until the winter when the ludicrous sum was agreed upon.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool thoroughly had Barcelona off in this one.
We kept saying no and then they did the unbelievable, coming back with an offer we couldn’t refuse.
It says a lot that when the Brazilian was sold there wasn’t much outcry from the supporters, we couldn’t believe the money they paid.
The transfer will surely go down as one of the most ill fated in history given the midfielder’s inability to establish himself at Barca, further compounded by his goals against them for Bayern Munich.