Barcelona’s sporting director Jordi Mestre has finally revealed the reason behind why Philippe Coutinho did not move to the Camp Nou in summer.
The playmaker completed his transfer to the Camp Nou on Monday. Coutinho’s move to Barcelona is the second most expensive transfer of all time, trailing the whopping amount of £198 Million which Paris Saint-Germain paid Barcelona for Neymar last summer. The playmaker was officially unveiled to the media yesterday and he said it was “a dream come true” to join the Catalan Giants.
The Catalans had three bids rejected for the Brazilian, but at his official presentation the 25-year-old playmaker thanked Liverpool for “keeping their word.” However, Jordi Mestre finally opened up on why the Brazilian did not move to the Camp Nou in summer. Mestre says that Coutinho’s fee is much less than what they could have paid back in summer for the Brazilian.
Mestre said: “The interest of the club has always been to sign Coutinho. The difference with the summer is that there has been a big reduction in the price. By desire of Liverpool, we cannot give the figures, but there has been a very important reduction. If I said something, it would be to break the pact we have with Liverpool. It’s bad for me but we cannot give any figures.”
The transfer will also break the record for the highest fee ever paid by a Spanish team, with Barcelona paying around €120 Million up front and the remaining €40 Million in add-ons. Coutinho is also said to have paid £11.5 Million from his own pocket to facilitate his transfer. Mestre also appeared to confirm this reports that the Brazil international has paid from his own pocket to make the deal happen.
Mestre said: “Philippe, welcome. We know that you have made a personal and economic effort. In the last months, we have dreamed of this moment, we wish you the best, which is the best for all.”
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Liverpool is now expected to look into the transfer market to fill the space left by Coutinho after his departure from the club. Liverpool has already spent £75 Million signing Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton. It is expected that Jürgen Klopp is very eager to add another attacking minded player to his squad, with Riyad Mahrez and Thomas Lemar being linked to the club.
I personally feel that the Brazilian would be a huge success at Barcelona. Coutinho’s style of football will surely see him fit well in Barcelona’s midfield. He can give Iniesta the much-needed rest he needs. He can offer Barcelona what Iniesta does for them.