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Barcelona chief Reverter: There was no money to buy Griezmann; Liverpool received more for Coutinho

Barcelona's due diligence presentation yesterday included more revelations about the fees paid for past signings.

Director general of the Catalan club, Ferran Reverter, has revealed further worrying information on the financial aspects of the Antoine Griezmann deal with Atletico Madrid, carried out by former president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

"We have the feeling that when players were signed, they [the former board] didn't know if they could sign them," Reverter said at a presentation.

"This was the case in regards to Griezmann as, on the night they signed him, they realised that there was no money to pay [for him].

"They were looking for a loan of 85 million euros to cover that signing," explained Reverter, implying that the former presidency improvised as they went along, even on large transactions.

Reverter also added that Barcelona, in fact, had to pay more to Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho than what was actually touted.

"The signing of [Philippe] Coutinho had an additional financial cost of 16.6 million [euros]," he said.

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