Liverpool have won their battle with Barcelona over Philippe Coutinho with the Spanish giants admitting defeat in their bid to prise him away. Barca’s deadline to the Anfield giants, of 7pm this past Sunday, to accept their £118million offer for Coutinho passed with them still insisting the Brazilian midfielder is not for sale. After three failed bids and with time rapidly running out in a transfer window that closes a week on Thursday to spend their £199m Neymar windfall, Barca have finally accepted that Liverpool won't sell Coutinho to them this month. Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards flatly rejected their latest offer on Friday, which was not as eye-catching as the headline figure of £118m suggested. Barcelona offered £82m 'up front' — but spread over four years — with £36m more dependent on add-ons, such as the Catalans winning the Champions League with him and Coutinho receiving the Ballon d’Or.
Barcelona finally admit defeat in transfer pursuit of Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho
Daily Mirror | Aug 22