Liverpool have had great success in the transfer market in recent seasons. Since Michael Edwards took charge of recruitment we have seen the club become the envy of the footballing world with its savvy wheeling and dealing. The Reds have picked up diamonds in the rough for bargain prices whilst also squeezing buyers for every penny. Liverpool could be set to make millions more if Ronald Koeman decides to keep 20 at Barcelona.
Had their eyes out
Liverpool were laughing all the way to the bank when they sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona.
The Reds negotiated a fee of £142m for the Brazilian and used the money to fund moves for Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Fabinho.
Jürgen Klopp’s side went on to reach the Champions League final and win it the following year whilst Philly ended up on loan at Bayern Munich having failed to make an impression at the Camp Nou.
Koeman keeping Coutinho?
When the Reds sold their little magician to Barcelona they negotiated a string of clauses as part of the transfer.
One of these clauses, according to The Express, will see Barcelona pay Liverpool £17.5m if the midfielder reaches 100 appearances for the Blaugrana.
Currently the Brazilian has played 74 games. Prior to Ronald Koeman’s appointment it seemed unlikely that he would reach the 100 games necessary to trigger the clause.
However, Barca president Josep Bartomeu has said: “If [Koeman wants Coutinho] to continue, next year he will play with us.”
What RTK has to say
Surely we can’t be taking any more money off this lot. Surely they will encourage Koeman to get rid of Coutinho.
Barcelona have wasted so much money in the past few seasons, they have an ageing squad on megabucks contracts, they are in financial disarray. They can’t afford to keep him, can they?
Having said that, they have made so many poor decisions in recent years, why not make another? Why not keep Coutinho and give us nearly £20m?
It will suit us down to the ground if they do keep him – £17.5m can pay for a decent backup option somewhere, or we can stick it in the Mbappe2021 piggybank.