Barca say Liverpool cut Coutinho asking price

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SEOUL (Reuters) – Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre claimed Liverpool slashed their original asking price for Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian playmaker completed his $192 million move to the Catalan giants.

Coutinho signed a five-year contract to end a long-running transfer saga on Monday with Mestre revealing that Liverpool had originally asked for a larger fee of approximately $240 million.

The news will be poorly received on Merseyside, where fans were assured the Premier League club had tried to keep hold of their star.

“Due to a contractual issue and due to Liverpool’s desire, we can not provide the exact data, but there has been a very significant reduction (in price),” the Barcelona director told a press conference at the Camp Nou.

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