Barcelona “are desperate to sell Philippe Coutinho and could only accept £ 45m as Liverpool will have to pay an additional £ 18m in fees if they play 10 more games” for a total price of a whopping £ 142m
- Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona in 2018 for a fee that could climb to £ 142million
- Liverpool will be owed an additional £ 18m if they play 10 more games for Catalans
- Barcelona are in financial turmoil and want Coutinho to get off the books in January
- The club has been hit by the financial repercussions of the coronavirus crisis this year
Barcelona are desperate to sell Philippe Coutinho with Liverpool for an extra £ 18m if they play another 10 games with the Spanish club.
Coutinho joined Barcelona from the Reds in 2018 for a fee that could eventually climb to £ 142million, but the Catalan club want to get rid of him before that can happen.
According to Sport, Barcelona want Coutinho to be removed from their books as soon as possible as if he reached 100 games. A clause is triggered to pay Liverpool £ 18million.
Philippe Coutinho has a clause in his contract that allows Liverpool to pay £ 18m
Ronald Koeman might want to play against the Brazilian but the club really want him out of the books
Coutinho has currently played 90 official games for the club and was seen by Ronald Koeman as a key man in his team’s development.
The Brazilian playmaker has played twelve times in all competitions this season but has also struggled with injuries.
Given the grim economic outlook, Barcelona would let Coutinho go for £ 45million, according to Athletic, and they would also approve loan moves for Junior Firpo, Samuel Umtiti and Riqui Puig.
Barcelona are struggling financially as they have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic and a massive squad paycheck not supported by fans attending games.
Coutinho would have already played 100 games for the team if he hadn’t been loaned to Bayern Munich, whom he helped win the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League last season.
The former Liverpool player joined Barcelona back in 2018 on a deal that could climb to £ 142million
The new club president will be elected in late January, but by that time Coutinho could already have played the 10 additional games required to activate the expensive clause.
Given the gravity of the current situation, the current board is understandably reluctant to allow this to happen.
Barcelona’s players have already agreed a pay shift that will make them £ 112m less this season after agreeing to cut wages.
The association has ensured that they will be paid their loss of wages in full by 2025, even if some of them have long since left the association.
Coutinho could have a seat on the bench so Barcelona won’t have to pay the clause
Barcelona have to pay off massive debts so Coutinho may no longer play for them
It was not until the end of November that the players agreed on a pay cut to support Barcelona’s financial black hole. They turned down an initial offer of £ 170 million and then £ 130 million.
Barcelona still have £ 60m less than the number they are looking to save. The agreement will help the financially troubled club meet the pro-rata portion of its payroll from January.
Barca’s latest figures showed the club had suffered a loss of £ 88m and amassed a net debt that had doubled to £ 440m by June 2020.