L8rb@se wrote:The other thing that's bugging me about this is that we apparently asked Barca to loan him back to us for the rest of this season but they refused.
Erm. How about saying, ok, we agree to sell him to you once our season is completed or not at all. The club has cucked itself there.
I'm nearly sure that this deal was in the pipeline as far as fsg were concerned. First they announce that ticket prices will be frozen for another 12 months . announce the VVD transfer a few days before the window opens. Rumours about coutinho surface but fsg dont come out and say he's not going anywhere. Nike jump the gun with press release. Fsg still say nothing. A few days later deal is announced.
A few snippets in the press about barca and Liverpool had been in discussions over coutinho for a couple of months.
Personally I see it as the ticket price freeze was to give a feel good factor btowards fsg. Get the VVD deal done as to ease the coutinho deal and surprise surprise we end up not in a negative transfer spend again despite all this stup about having 200m to spend last summer . fsg have already got it out in the press that we probably won't buy anyone this window and Wait for the summer to get our targets