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The Philippe Coutinho deal to Barcelona us finally done and dusted for £142 million, but a Spanish publication claims that he was being offered far more from La Liga rivals Real Madrid.
According to a report in Mundo Deportivo, the Los Blancos offered £177 million in a bid to avail the services of the 25-year-old, who departed from Liverpool for a record fees.
The Brazilian’s move to Barcelona is the second-biggest ever, after Neymar’s deal to PSG last year.
After multiple failed bids, Barcelona managed to acquire Coutinho, who will be unveiled at the Camp Nou after his medical is over. He was present in the at the Camp Nou, with his new teammates, as Barcelona sunk Levante 3-0.
The bid by Real Madrid could have been potentially made with the aim of increasing the bid presented by Barcelona.