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The inner workings behind the Barca robbery

Discussion in 'The Football Forum' started by Modo, Nov 18, 2020.

  1. Modo

    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    German newspaper Der Spiegel published correspondence between the two clubs at the time, with leaked emails revealing finer details of the deal.

    According to the leak, emails showed that Barcelona made a first offer of around £72million for Coutinho, which was rejected on July 20, 2017.


    Barcelona decided to ignore the advice, and returned in early August with an improved offer of £90m for the Brazilian.

    This, according to the email leak, was met with a warning from the Reds' sporting director Michael Edwards, who wrote: "I ask you amicably to stop harassing Coutinho publicly and privately.
    "No amount of money will change our minds."


    But Barcelona returned with one final bid of £114m, which was again rejected.

    Barcelona eventually took the warning on board and backed away, with Coutinho starting the 2017/18 campaign at Liverpool.

    But the Catalan giants were only biding their time, and rekindled their interest in Coutinho in the January transfer window.

    By this time the Brazilian had well and truly had his head turned by the flurry of bids from Barcelona, and wanted to move.

    Coutinho handed in a transfer request in a bid to speed up the process, and Liverpool finally entered talks with the Camp Nou club.

    A transfer fee of £142million was eventually agreed upon by the two clubs and Coutinho said goodbye to Merseyside and departed for Spain.
     
  2. My_Blood_Bleeds_Red

    My_Blood_Bleeds_Red Well-Known Member

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  3. LeTallecWiz

    LeTallecWiz Administrator Administrator

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    Gracias Barcelona!
     
  4. HC

    HC Very Well-Known Member

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    It's funny how that transfer is probably the single most important in the club's recent history.

    Cracking bit of business
     
  5. Squiggles

    Squiggles Very Well-Known Member

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    The falling apart of Barcelona has been beautiful to watch. Personally I hope it continues and the club gets into some serious financial difficulty. I'd personally buy Bartomeu a pint for leading them towards a financial abyss. Couldn't happen to a bigger bunch of cunts.
     
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  6. Rosco

    Rosco Worse than Brendan Honorary Member

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    I'm busy helping Trump's legal campaigns, can someone do me a favour and research who took the "you should never sell your best players" line when we were selling Coutinho
     
  7. Red Astaire

    Red Astaire Plundering since 2005... Member

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    Isn't that the fucking truth! Without doubt. That transfer and it's subsequent domino effect lead directly to number 6 and 19. Gracias Barca!
     
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    RedStar Well-Known Member

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    While it was pivotal in rebuilding the club I dont think we robbed them as such. Coutinho was one of the best young players in the world tied to a long term contract, the fee they paid was in keeping with that. The fact they are politically run club who didnt know what to do once theyd signed him doesnt change that.

    Id enjoy Barcas current plight alot more if Real Madrid were not the direct beneficiaries. Cant stand them
     
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    Red Astaire Plundering since 2005... Member

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    I have to say I'm not into that way of looking at things. It whiffs of schadenfreude which I despise. Forgive the assumption but I can only interpret what I read. It was bad luck on Barca's part. Stupid in hindsight and boss business for the reds. End of innit. I don't particularly enjoy someones (anyone's) 'plight'

    Signed the Dalai Lama ;-)
     
  10. Gerry_A_Trick

    Gerry_A_Trick Very Well-Known Member

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  11. Modo

    Modo A contentious scando Member

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    HAHAHAHA...hey I was right wasn't I?
    Got us a brand new keeper and paid for a super defender too.

    However, I wasn't expecting us to win shit too. Well, the season after anyway.
     
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  12. Fabio

    Fabio Former mod, consistent c*** Honorary Member

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    I had a mixed bag in that thread, as I was fine with him going, but I also believed keita could be more effective for us
     

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