Barcelona have finally given up on their quest to have the signature of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool according to report.
Mirror Sport reports that the Catalan club have finally accepted that Liverpool’s stern stance on Coutinho is not going to change before the end of the transfer window.
Barca made three bids in the space of a month and exerted pressure on the Brazilian, which led to him putting in a transfer request and pleading to be granted a move to the Spanish side but his request failed to break the Reds’ resolve.
Barcelona are now expected to spend the proceeds of the £200million sale of Neymar elsewhere, according to report from the Liverpool Echo.
According to further report from Mirror Sport ,Sunday’s deadline that Barcelona set Liverpool to agree to an offer they had instantly rejected 48 hours earlier went unanswered by sporting director Michael Edwards.
The Anfield hierarchy had been bewildered by the structure of the proposed deal. The headline figure was £118m, which would have made Coutinho the second most expensive player in history, but an email detailed that just £82m was guaranteed and even that was payable in four installments.