And now Klopp believes that should be taken as a sign by the Nou Camp club that even Messi’s release clause could be met by ambitious clubs.
“It’s pretty simple. Until now it was simply seen as impossible”, Klopp told DAZN, as quoted on FourFourTwo. When Neymar was bought by Barcelona from Santos of Brazil in 2013, a £200 million break clause was inserted in his contract in the belief that no club in the world could possibly afford to buy him out.
“In a period of just a month that suddenly sounds possible too”. That used to be an outrageous amount.
La Liga’s reputation as the epicenter of world soccer talent has been bruised by the world record smashing sale of Neymar to Paris St Germain and how Barcelona react to the departure of one of their leading players will define the new season in Spain. And now it simply happened’.
Klopp’s comments follow Barcelona having a second bid rejected for Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho but came before the player handed in a transfer request on Friday morning.
“I don’t even know if this is right”, Klopp added. “No coach would demand such a thing”.
The president of Barcelona Josep Maria Bartomeu has called into question the character of Neymar who made a decision to leave the club for PSG this summer.
The president said; “The way he acted was certainly not the best and not the kind of behaviour that we want from a player of Barcelona“.
“The biggest clubs can decide on that, where they would want to set a limit”. This is a topic now since it happened for the first time’.
You’ve got a £50m budget to pick 11 players, with all the biggest new signings ready and raring to go ahead of a mouthwatering new Premier League campaign.