Following Neymar’s global report £200m transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona noticed Coutinho as the perfect substitute.
But the Catalan membership president has now printed Liverpool weren’t ready to barter a deal over the participant.
In an interview with TV3, Bartomeu stated: “I will be able to no longer say how a lot we presented, however [Liverpool] requested for €200m.
“We were not going to offer €200m or €150m – we made up our minds to step clear of such a pricey marketplace, our be offering used to be lower than €100m, with upload-ons it might have reached €120m.
“Money has come into soccer from outdoor the sport and made (the transfer marketplace) dearer, and is the reason what took place with Coutinho.
“We must make those investments in La Masia and the membership’s academy, we should recognize the foundations.
“This is why I’m proud of the investigation into PSG, which is a request made through European golf equipment.
“Neymar? Officially, we realized he used to be leaving when he instructed us…on the finish of July we noticed issues were not going smartly, however his father instructed us it used to be not anything.
“We believed his father’s phrase however there will have to were extra honesty, however we wish to be self-grievance.”
Barcelona opted as an alternative for Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele who signed in a deal price as much as £135m.
Coutinho remained at Anfield and made his first get started of the season on Saturday as Liverpool have been held to a 1-1 draw through Burnley.