Telegraph: Why Liverpool turned down a chance to sign Coutinho
- Barca offered the player to his former club for £100m.
- Klopp and Liverpool's bosses came to the conclusion that this transfer wouldn't be the most effective investment.
- The Brazilian has stayed at Barcelona.
According to The Telegraph, Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp have been offered a chance to resign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona for £100m but decided to turn it down in the end.
The source claim that after a long discussion with Jurgen Klopp the club bosses came to a conclusion that this transfer wouldn't be the most effective investment of the club's funds. Klopp reportedly didn't see the Brazilian as the necessary addition.
Liverpool are starting the 2019/2020 Premier League season already this Friday, August 9. During the traditional pre-match presser, Jurgen Klopp was naturally asked about the much-talked-about Philippe Coutinho pursuit. The German gave an ambiguous answer.
He says, as quoted by Standard Sport: "Have we been offered Coutinho? No answer. How we deal with these things in the past gives us the opportunity to make no comment. And it's not really likely we will do any business. If you want more excitement go to Everton!"
Two weeks ago, Klopp already gave his clear verdict on Coutinho's potential return, as per ESPN: " I like Phil, I think he's a fantastic footballer and all that stuff, but it would be a big, big, big, big, big, big, big, big-money signing and it's not our year for that. It's just not possible."
Previously, multiple reports claimed that Tottenham Hotspur were extremely close to sealing the deal, however, the negotiations were described as very complicated ones.
Besides Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester United were rumoured to be interested but it seems that both clubs weren't ready to afford the player's wage preferences. As a result, the Brazilian hasn't moved to the Premier League.
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