Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed Liverpool refused to negotiate on Philippe Coutinho and believes this is due to the inflation caused by Neymar’s €222m move to PSG.
“I will not say how much we offered, but [Liverpool] asked for €200m (£177.6m),” he said in an interview with Catalan outlet TV3.
“We weren’t going to give €200m or €150m – we decided to step away from such an expensive market, our offer was less than €100m, with add-ons it could have reached €120m (£106.6m).
“Money has come into football from outside the game and made [the transfer market] more expensive, which explains what happened with Coutinho.
“We have to make these investments in La Masia and the club’s academy, we must respect the rules. This is why I am happy with the investigation into PSG, which is a request made by European clubs.”