This summer saw many clubs refusing to sell their players - despite them wanting to move on.
RB Leipzig refused to sell Naby Keita, Southampton refused to sell Virgil van Dijk and Arsenal refused to sell Alexis Sanchez.
But the highest profile case of a club refusing to sell a player was surely Liverpool not letting Philippe Coutinho leave for Barcelona.
The Brazilian handed in a transfer request on the eve of the Premier League season as he attempted to force through a move to Barca.
Not only that, but he complained of a back injury and missed Liverpool’s three league fixtures as well as their Champions League qualifiers against Hoffenheim.
Coutinho returned to action for Brazil in midweek, though, coming off the bench to score during a 2-0 victory over Ecuador.
While Coutinho was playing that match, the British transfer window slammed shut.
Twenty-four hours later, the Spanish transfer window shut.
All the while, Coutinho remained a Liverpool player as they simply refused to budge.
After scoring for Brazil, Neymar gave a little indication about how he was feeling during the whole transfer saga.
“Instead of being a happy time for him and for his family, it’s a moment of anguish, disappointment and sadness,” Neymar said after the game.
At that point, there was still a chance of Coutinho becoming a Barca player.
How Coutinho reacted
However, his hopes of a dream move were killed on Friday as the Catalan club couldn’t strike a deal on the final day.
And according to the Mirror, he’s not too happy about it.
They’re reporting how he reacted to the news with them claiming he’s “devastated” and “distraught.”
Moreover, they insist that there is no agreement in place for him to join Barcelona in 12 months time with Liverpool’s owners not making the same promise they made to Luis Suarez.
Quite where that leaves Liverpool and Coutinho remains to be seen.
The Mirror also state that Liverpool now face an anxious few days to see if Coutinho boards a plane back to Merseyside after Brazil’s next fixture against Colombia on Tuesday.
If he does, he could make the squad for the massive clash against Manchester City on Saturday. If he doesn't, then Liverpool have a big problem on their hands.
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