Major double Barcelona blow, £113m+ pursuit over as deadline passes while €40m release clause expires

This summer transfer window has not been working for Barcelona so far as they may well have to end two of their pursuit this week.

The Catalan giants have of course already lost Neymar, and their efforts to find a replacement and improve the squad elsewhere have all prove abortive.

A victory over Real Betis in their La Liga season opener was reason for cheer and they have made purchase of Nelson Semedo and Paulinho to improve Ernesto Valverde side’s play.

However, according to Sky Sports, it looks as though their race to sign Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been cut short after a self-imposed deadline to agree a deal with the Reds passed.

It’s claimed that after having a £113m bid turned down on Friday, Barcelona gave their rivals an ultimatum of 48 hours, which comes into effect 7pm on Sunday evening, to accept their latest offer, but with no suggestion that a deal has been agreed, it would appear as though Coutinho is staying at Anfield beyond the summer at least.

Having targeted him for so long, this will be a bad news for Barca, one that they will have to get over quickly as they need to find a solution to the defect in their team with just two weeks to go to the end of the transfer window.

It doesn’t get any better for them regarding Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri either, who had emerged as a top target last week.

As observed in the tweet below from Get French Football, as per L’Equipe, Seri’s €40m release clause expired on July 15. In turn, Barcelona will likely now have to pay significantly more, with Nice in their rights to demand a huge figure.

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