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Barcelona chief: 'Liverpool demanded £178m for Philippe Coutinho'

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reveals that Liverpool demanded £178m for Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that Liverpool were only willing to sell Philippe Coutinho if a £178m bid was offered.

The Spanish heavyweights pursued the playmaker throughout the summer following Neymar's world-record £200m switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

The club tabled three offers for Coutinho, the final one being in the region of £118m, and despite the player submitting a transfer request, Liverpool rejected Barca's advances.

Discussing the failed transfer, Bartomeu told TV3: "I will not say how much we offered, but they asked for €200m (£178m).

"We weren't going to give €200m or €150m (£133m) - we decided to step away from such an expensive market, our offer was less than €100m (£88m), with add-ons it could have reached €120m (£106m).

"Money has come into football from outside the game and made [the transfer market] more expensive, which explains what happened with Coutinho."

The Brazilian made his first appearance for Liverpool this season when he came on as a substitute in the team's 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League last week.

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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27233179205972
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd27175551193256
3Liverpool27159361313054
4Chelsea27165649232653
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs27157552242852
6Arsenal27136851361545
7Burnley279992124-336
8Leicester CityLeicester2798103940-135
9Everton2797113246-1434
10Bournemouth2787123141-1031
11Watford2786133747-1030
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16Swansea CitySwansea2776142037-1727
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2776142347-2427
18Southampton27511112840-1226
19Stoke CityStoke2767142753-2625
20West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom27311132140-1920
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