Details of a bizarre transfer negotiation between Liverpool and Barcelona have been revealed this week. Under the agreement, the Spanish giants can only sign another Liverpool player if they pay an extra £89m on top of the transfer fee until 2020.

The clause, which was negotiated by Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards, was introduced by Liverpool during the £142m sale of Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January and aims to protect the Reds’ top talent such as Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

Barcelona have raided Liverpool for their top players in the past, when the Catalans signed star striker Luis Suarez for £75m in 2014.

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