So, after weeks and weeks of deliberation, the immediate future of Philippe Coutinho has finally been decided, with Liverpool hanging on to the Brazilian ace.
The Spanish window closed on Friday night, with Barcelona admitting defeat in their pursuit half way through the day after three failed bids for the 25-year-old.
Coutinho was touted as the man to come in and replace the gaping hole left by his countryman Neymar, who joined Paris Saint-Germain in a £197m deal.
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Ousmane Dembele may have joined in a mega-money deal, but it was the South American they so desperately craved, with a potential view for him to act as the successor to Andres Iniesta and a viable option in the forward department.
Coutinho wanted the move, handing in a formal transfer request but his fate was decided by Liverpool and their stubborn owners, FSG.
Jurgen Klopp's prized asset could return to the squad as early as the Manchester City game next Saturday, in what would be yet another boost for the exciting Merseyside outfit.
Nevertheless, despite their stance on Coutinho, it was revealed at a Barcelona press conference on Saturday that Liverpool did name their price for the Brazilian ace.
However, it proved to be too steep even for the Blaugrana.
LIVERPOOL NAME THEIR PRICE
"Yesterday, after weeks of offers and talks, Liverpool valued a player we wanted at €200m. We decided against that," the Blaugrana's sporting director Albert Soler said, per ESPN.
That's right, Liverpool demanded around £185 for the playmaker, a price which actually would have made him the second most expensive player in history.
Naturally, Barca refused, clearly seeing sense that Coutinho is not worth anywhere near the figure quoted.
The whole saga involving the two parties demonstrated why desperation in the transfer market can prove an expensive and tiresome venture.
Now, we await to see whether the move does materialise in the near future, with suggestions that Coutinho could finally seal his dream move after the conclusion of the 2018 World Cup.
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