Barcelona insist that they were priced out of a move for Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho.
At a news conference on Saturday, a day after the Spanish transfer window closed, Barcelona sporting director Robert and director Albert Soler told the assembled media that Coutinho was too expensive.
“Yesterday, after weeks of offers and talks, Liverpool valued a player we wanted at €200m. We decided against that,” Soler said.
Despite Liverpool knocking back three previous bids, Barca reportedly made a fourth offer for Coutinho late on Thursday, thought to be worth around €150m including add-ons, but were once again told the Brazil international was not for sale.
Coutinho was keen to move to Camp Nou and emailed in a transfer request earlier in August, but Liverpool’s stance remained undeterred.
Barca had also been linked with a deadline day move for Angel Di Maria, but sources told ESPN FC that fell through.
This summer the club signed Marlon Santos — who has since been loaned to Nice — Gerard Deulofeu, Nelson Semedo, Paulinho and Ousmane Dembele. But have been widely criticised for their moves after Neymar left to join PSG for €222m.
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.