Philippe Coutinho has revealed he had contact with Barcelona before their first approach last summer. The Catalan giants had three bids rejected for the Brazilian but finally got their man last month in a £142m deal. Liverpool had initially held firm before the start of the season but were powerless to stop Coutinho securing his dream move. In an interview with SPORT , Coutinho has admitted his agent spoke to Barca about a deal ahead of their first bid. "It was talked about for a while, but it was only last summer when there was a concrete offer and they spoke with us," he said.