A number of leaks emanating from Spain today have revealed some of the finer details of Barcelona’s offer for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.
Barca’s interest in Coutinho turned out to be one of the talking points of the summer transfer window, with the Blaugrana having been rebuffed in a number of public, big-money bids for the Brazilian.
Liverpool remained adamant that their crown jewel was not for sale at any price throughout the saga, a stance which has been backed by today’s leaks, brought to light by Spiegel.
It is revealed that Barca made an initial offer for Coutinho on July 20th, with Reds sporting director Michael Edwards having replied to the proposal in an Email to Oscar Grau, the chairman of the Blaugrana’s managerial board:
‘Unfortunately, Philippe can not be sold at any price and, as you know, has recently extended his contract with us.’
Days later. the Catalan outfit returned with a ‘significantly improved’ offer for Coutinho worth 90 million Euro plus 40 million in bonuses.
However, Edwards again knocked back Barca’s advances by writing:
‘I would kindly ask you to refrain from showing interest in Philippe both privately and publicly. No sum will lead us to reverse our decision.’
In addition to their offer to Liverpool, the proposal made by Barcelona to Coutinho himself has also been revealed, with the Camp Nou outfit having drafted a 20-page contract of employment for the South American.
The date of his arrival had been pencilled in for the 31st of August, while the 25-year-old was set to make 115 million Euro over five years in Catalonia, placing him between Luis Suarez and the likes of Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique in the club’s pay scale.
Finally, it has been revealed that the Blaugrana would have forked out an extra 10 million Euro to Coutinho’s agent, had the cost of the transfer been kept to less than 100 million Euro.