Details of Barcelona’s contract offer to Philippe Coutinho this past summer have reportedly been leaked as it’s suggested that they made a huge offer to the Brazilian ace.
Their pursuit of Coutinho was well documented, with The Mirror noting that three bids were made by the Catalan giants but ultimately all three were rejected by Liverpool.
Despite raising that offer to £114m near the end of the summer transfer window, it didn’t change Liverpool’s stance and Barcelona were forced to look elsewhere and signed Ousmane Dembele instead.
However, it’s obvious that they were desperate to land Coutinho. Aside from the sizeable fee involved as noted above, German newspaper Der Spiegel, in conjunction with Football Leaks, have revealed that a contract offer worth €115m-a-year was on the table from Barcelona.
The contract was for five years and so would have handsomely rewarded the 25-year-old, but Liverpool never let it get that far as they continued to reject Barcelona’s advances and improved bids.
Further, it’s noted that Coutinho’s agent was due to receive €10m if the transfer fee was agreed for €100m or less, but again, that never materialised as Barca went above and beyond that and were still turned down.
It remains to be seen whether or not the Spanish giants revisit their interest in Coutinho moving forward or if they’ve now realised that they’re fighting a losing battle.
Either way, it was quite the transfer saga this past summer, and they certainly did what they could to reach an agreement, but Liverpool clearly weren’t interested in negotiating, leaving Coutinho missing out on big money at the Nou Camp.