Ronald Koeman’s decision to bring Philippe Coutinho back into the fold at Barcelona could be in the immediate interest of Liverpool supporters after another clause in the Brazilian’s contract inserted by sporting director Michael Edwards could see the Reds rewarded handsomely.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Liverpool could be set to receive a £5 million windfall if Coutinho is to feature for more than 14 matches at Barcelona next season.
It is one of a number of add-ons that Edwards was said to have included in Coutinho’s contract following the player’s sale to the Camp Nou from Liverpool back in January 2018.
Under former Barcelona manager Quique Seiten, Coutinho was surplus to requirements and was one of the first names set to be shipped out this summer which in effect would have meant Liverpool’s clause would have eventually ceased and then expired following Coutinho’s exclusion.
However, following a prominent role during Bayern Munich’s recent Champions League success, Koeman is set to reintroduce Coutinho back into the team as he looks to reconstruct a squad that had lost its way and become disillusioned by the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
According to the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian, Koeman has been vocal in that he considers Coutinho to be in his plans for the rebuild ahead at Barcelona.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “Koeman called him right after the Champions League victory with Bayern, the following day, and told him he’s very much in his plans and would like him to return
“He was due to return on September 7 but actually he returned at the beginning of September because he didn’t want to lose his momentum and fitness, and he’s been training with Barcelona.”
What RTK has to say
More money for Liverpool is always good news especially in the current economic state which has so far restricted the Reds to just one solitary signing this summer in the form of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos.
Whether or not this report is to be believed remains to be seen following recent revelations regarding a previously reported pay-out between Liverpool and Barcelona that was said to exist if Coutinho won the Champions League with Bayern last season.
The Mirror similarly reported last month that Liverpool would receive a €5m (£4.5m) pay-out if Coutinho won the European Cup with Bayern Munich which of course they did following their 1-0 victory against Paris Saint Germain in Lisbon.
However, there was no such payout from Barcelona after Paul Joyce of The Times reported that no such agreement was inserted into the contract of Coutinho and that any add-ons from the £142m deal were mainly linked to appearances for the Catalan club.
Barcelona have reportedly already paid almost all of his nine-figure sum after the club’s progress into the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the past two seasons triggered two payments of €5 million or £9.05 million, while Liverpool have also received €5 million for every 15 appearances he has made for the club.
In total, Barca have paid just more than £140 million with the final stretch of the deal due if Coutinho makes it to 90 appearances – he is currently on 76 – which indeed could be the case next season following the appointment of Koeman.
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