You know yesterday when we were staggered by the amount of money Barcelona had offered for Coutinho?
Well it turns out the ‘£118m’ offer wasn’t actually £118m at all – unless Coutinho turns into one of the best footballers of all time.
According to the Mirror, the actual offer guaranteed us just £82.1m- with the remaining £36.5m to be paid in add-ons depending on the Brazilian’s performance in Spain.
Here’s the stipulations that would have to be met for Liverpool to have received the full fee:
- Coutinho winning multiple trophies in the same season
- Winning multiple Champions League titles
- Winning the Ballon d’Or as the world’s best player
- Winning multiple trophies and the Ballon d’Or in the same season
- Payment of the basic £80m fee staggered over five years
They’ve got some cheek, haven’t they?
Liverpool have now bluntly told Barcelona they expect no further contact this summer, furious at how the Catalans have actively disrupted our best player at the beginning of the campaign.
Once the window closes, Coutinho will have to accept that he’ll need to wait one more year to get his dream move and knuckle down.
With Liverpool competing in the Champions League and Brazil playing in the World Cup next year, we expect Phil to do just that.