Barcelona claim Liverpool would have sold Philippe Coutinho for €200 million

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FC Barcelona abandoned their hopes of signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool after the Merseyside club demanded 200 million euros (about 183.10 million pounds) for the Brazil attacking midfielder.

Griezmann even signed a new contract, accepting it would be "dirty" to leave with Atleti unable to sign a replacement, but a switch to a bigger club still seems inevitable in the near future.

He is expected to travel back to England along with Roberto Firmino, Man City's Gabriel Jesus and Chelsea's Willian on Tuesday night, after their clash with Colombia in Barranquilla.

As reported by the Guardian's Sid Lowe, Barcelona's sporting director Albert Soler said on Saturday the Reds wanted €200 million (£185 million) for Coutinho at the end of the window, though those suggestions have been denied by Liverpool.

There are reports that Coutinho cried before the game on the news that he'd be staying at Liverpool and if true, it may take more than just motivation from the coach and his teammates for Coutinho to discover his club form from last season.

'We are not like George Orwell where everybody knows everything immediately.

"We haven't lost any international status for having common sense and not putting the financial viability of the club at risk".

"A price of €200m and we decided we wouldn't do it. That's an example of the way football is now".

"Coutinho? Yesterday, after weeks of offers and talks, Liverpool valued a player we wanted at €200m".

The Brazilian remains a Liverpool player after he failed to get his dream move to Barcelona.

"We were working last night on the chance of making a signing but it was not possible", Fernández said.

"We could be here today presenting two players that have cost us 270 million euros", Soler told reporters, according to the Barcelona website.

Neymar's sensational €222million move from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain was undoubtedly the highlight of a transfer window also memorable for the deals that did not happen.

Klopp declared the situations different, and noted Liverpool still had Coutinho, paying the player a compliment in the process.

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