According to the reports, Liverpool made a huge play to try and sign Bayern Munich superstar Thomas Muller over the summer with the expected windfall from Philippe Coutinho’s move to Barcelona.
The 25-year-old South American playmaker was heavily linked with a switch to Camp Nou as a replacement for departing Neymar, with the two sides unable to agree a fee – Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu has since claimed the Reds demanded €200m (£177m).
But now it has been reported by the Bild, that Liverpool were happy to sell Philippe Coutinho as long as they managed to bring in a replacement: Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller.
The same sources claim that Jurgen Klopp’s interest in signing his compatriot was more concrete than previously realised, and he was happy to green light Coutinho’s exit on the condition that Muller arrived in his place.
With Barca offering a package that would reach €120 million (£106m), Liverpool were prepared to reinvest €100 million (£88m) of that to try and land Muller.
But Bayern never gave Liverpool’s approach any serious consideration, with the club’s hierarchy determined to keep hold of the forward, and so Liverpool forced Coutinho to stay.