Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre says his membership had been in a position to signal Philippe Coutinho this month as a result of Liverpool lastly lowered their calls for.
The switch payment is the second-highest ever, with ESPN FC sources and a number of reviews saying it is going to attain £142 million (€160m), with Liverpool receiving £105m (€120m) up entrance and the remainder in performance-related add-ons.
The Catalans had three bids rejected for the Brazil worldwide in August however, at his official presentation to the media within the Camp Nou, the 25-year-old thanked Liverpool for “protecting their phrase.”
Liverpool at all times denied claims within the Spanish press they’d quoted €200m euros (£176m) to Barca for a summer season switch, however Mestre however insisted the Coutinho payment is far lower than they may have paid beforehand.
“The curiosity of the membership has at all times been to take Coutinho to Barcelona,” Mestre stated. “The distinction is that there was a considerable discount in the price of this switch.
“There was a vital discount, regardless that we can’t publicly give the figures. We’re not going to debate the numbers. The essential factor is we’ve the participant right here. If I reveal numbers I might be breaking our settlement with Liverpool.”
Nonetheless, The Telegraph, citing “Liverpool sources acquainted with the negotiations,” reported on Monday evening that the membership rejected Mestre’s declare as a result of no value was ever set in the summertime.
Mestre additionally appeared to substantiate reviews the Brazil worldwide had contributed £9m — rising to £11.5m — out of his personal pocket to make the deal occur.
“Philippe, welcome. We all know that you’ve made a private and financial effort,” he added. “Within the final months we’ve dreamed of this second, we want you the very best, which is the very best for all.”