Liverpool got the full cost of the deal that took Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona, according to reports. The Reds completed it all this season.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They say that this season saw Liverpool achieve every bonus payment from the Philippe Coutinho deal to Barcelona.
That’s a total of £142m. The initial fee was ‘only’ £106m, with £36m in add-ons that may or may not happen over the duration of Coutinho’s contract.
And this is where the Echo’s report differs from others.
They claim that Liverpool secured £4.4m for every 15 games Coutinho played for Barcelona. There was then another £4.4m whenever the Catalonian’s made the Champions League quarter-finals.
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Catalonian outlet Sport say different. They believe that there was an £18m payment once the Brazilian played 100 times for the club.
That’s also how the Daily Mail reported things earlier this year.
But the Echo says that’s not the case. They believe that as Coutinho passed 90 games this season, it triggered the final £4.4m payment.
Thus Liverpool have the full £142 from Barcelona.
What RTK has to say
We may never know the complete story here – this was, unquestionably, a complicated deal.
But we’re inclined the believe the Echo have this one right. It sounds more likely that Liverpool wanted the payments broken up like that.
Otherwise, you run into a problem we saw coming – that Barcelona would look to sell Coutinho and avoid a massive £18m payment before he reached 100 games.
It sounds like that’s not the case, though. Barcelona have coughed up every penny in a deal that in hindsight, was an absolute disaster for them.
Liverpool, on the other hand, have used that to fund a English, European, and World Champion team. It’s quite safe to say that they’ve come out better than their Catalonian counterparts.