Transfers Barcelona reiterate €200m demand for Coutinho while ruling out January arrivals Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 17:32 19/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Liverpool Primera División Premier League The Catalan giants maintain that they were priced out of a summer move for the Brazilian by Liverpool and that they will not be adding this winter Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu maintains that Liverpool demanded €200 million for Philippe Coutinho over the summer, pricing them out of the market.The La Liga giants spent much of the transfer window pursuing the Brazilian forward, with the departure of Neymar in a record-breaking €222m deal leading them to seek out reinforcements.Barca 10/1 to beat Eibar 5-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing They were able to land Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund for €105m, but are now counting the cost of failing to secure other targets after seeing the France international ruled out for four months with a hamstring injury.Bartomeu has reiterated that they walked away from Coutinho as they could not justify the price tag put to them, with the club eager to try and find greater value in-house once more as they seek to reap the rewards of their famed La Masia academy system.He told TV3: “I will not say how much we offered, but [Liverpool] asked for €200m.“We weren’t going to give €200m or €150m – we decided to step away from such an expensive market, our offer was less than €100m, with add-ons it could have reached €120m.“Money has come into football from outside the game and made [the transfer market] more expensive, which explains what happened with Coutinho.“We have to make these investments in La Masia and the club’s academy, we must respect the rules.“This is why I am happy with the investigation into PSG, which is a request made by European clubs.”Despite missing out on Coutinho and seeing Dembele pick up an untimely knock, Bartomeu has moved to rule out further incomings at Camp Nou during the January window.He added: “There is nothing planned for the winter market.”For now, Barca are focusing their efforts on getting new deals for Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta over the line, with Bartomeu confirming once again that two club icons are close to putting pen to paper.He said Iniesta can continue for “as long as he wants to”, having previously revealed that Messi is already working under fresh terms after agreeing to extend his stay in Catalonia through to 2021.
(14:12) Beijing, Sep 12 (IANS) Amid the US-China trade war, a top executive of Chinese technology giant Huawei has said that the US needs to hold talks with the company in order to reach a trade deal with China. As per news portal GizmoChina’s report, the company’s Chief Security Officer Andy Purdy said, “Can I imagine a trade deal where the U.S. government doesn’t agree to talk to us? No I can’t.” Purdy noted that the trade war between the two is affecting American companies and workers more than it hurts Huawei. He said the company spent $11 billion on U.S. supplies last year and an estimated 40,000 U.S. jobs depend on its business. Huawei wants “transparent mechanisms” for evaluating its equipment and that of its competitors, which would build “trust through verification,” Purdy said. “We are not asking we should simply be allowed to sell without any scrutiny, we believe there has to be scrutiny for everyone,” he added.