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UNCOVERED: Liverpool fury over latest 'bonus heavy' Barcelona Coutinho bid

Liverpool are furious with Barcelona's latest bid for Philippe Coutinho.

The Mirror says the Reds have flatly rejected a third bid for Philippe Coutinho and told Barcelona not to come back.

While it's reported a bid of £119m was lodged, the offer was heavily based on bonuses.

The true fee is a guaranteed £80m, with a string of improbable targets triggering further payments.

These 'never-never payments' would include 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

Despite receiving £200m in cash from PSG for Neymar in one single payment, Barcelona don't appear to have the funds to make up-front bids for both Coutinho and their other main summer target, Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele.

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