But we ended up selling him for €110m.
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"Last season we did quite well but we could do better, so we will try to do it better this year and push on".
And Mundo Deportivo claims Barca have today stepped up their efforts to land the three stars.
If it's Dybala, they're likely to be disappointed in the short-term. Coutinho is proving to be the most difficult as Liverpool are proving very difficult negotiators, according to reports.
There is no doubt that Coutinho would make a shrewd, if expensive, investment.
Of course, Valverde may decide he need look no further than the Barca dressing-room for the next Neymar.
Neymar's latest glory came in the previous season in 2016-17, when Barcelona defeated Alaves 3-1 to clinch their third consecutive Copa del Rey title. In Paris, success would follow his steps; PSG would be HIS team, and he will be surrounded by his people, friends and countrymen. "Not even for all the gold in the Bank of Italy". Juventus moved on, too, just as they will after the departures of Leonardo Bonucci and Dani Alves.
Dortmund have declared their transfer window is "closed", but it's difficult to see Barca not trying to test their resolve with a talent such as Dembele at stake.
Before the Champions League final in June, Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta was asked to put a price on Paulo Dybala.
Who can forget Barcelona and PSG's last-16 second leg in the 2016-17 Champions League, when Barcelona made a remarkable comeback after losing the first leg 4-0 and doing the unthinkable. His versatility would also allow him to slot into the Neymar role or adjust to a front-line reshuffle with few difficulties.
The reason behind it all.
Being on the fringes of the Mbappe reports could work to Barca's advantage.
"He wanted to rise to this challenge". It will be surly weakened. He scored 105 goals in 186 appearances for the Catalan giants.
Now that the deal is done, attention is turning to how the Catalans react.
Juventus are not open to sell their striker and Barcelona are aware that the Old Lady will try to do everything she can to keep the Argentinean at the Allianz Stadium. His deal with Nike is worth £88million over the 11 year deal, or around £8m per year.