You already know by now that Liverpool have rejected a third bid for Philippe Coutinho, with that particular news breaking on Friday evening.
Initial reports suggested that bid was worth £114m, but the Daily Mirror report that the breakdown of that bid is a little more murky.
In particular, they claim that figure includes a number of add-ons that would be unlikely to ever come to fruition.
The true offer is an outright bid of £80m to be paid over five years. In truth, spreading transfer fees over the length of the contract is pretty normal.
However, some of the other details are a little fanciful. The Mirror labels them ‘never-never payments’, and they include:
– 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.
Still, you’ve got to back yourself, eh.
We did enjoy the line about Liverpool being frustrated by Barcelona’s pursuit. Might want to have a quick word with Southampton, guys.
"It's a nightmare for Coutinho – it's the deal of a lifetime"
Should #LFC let their star man go?
Jermaine Jenas and Darren Bent discuss: pic.twitter.com/dqqCS1bPrM
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