Liverpool may be set to miss out on an £18 million pay-packet from Barcelona regarding a deal for Philippe Coutinho, according to reports. The Reds were previously thought to have completed the full cost of the £142 million fee last season.
This comes from a report from Marca. They say Liverpool haven’t yet triggered all the necessary clauses to receive the full payment.
The initial fee was ‘only’ £106m, with £36m in add-ons that may or may not happen over the duration of Coutinho’s contract.
The nine-figure sum to take Coutinho to the Camp Nou understandably had some clauses and add-ons attached to it.
Barcelona were due to pay €20 million was in appearances bonuses upon Coutinho making 100 appearances
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A contrasting report from The ECHO say different.
They beleive 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.
So far, Coutinho has clocked up 90 appearances. As a result, it seemed Liverpool were set to receive a hefty financial windfall later this year.
However, it seems as if things may have changed.
Coutinho is expected to be out until April, after all. He recently underwent surgery which could, as a result, mean that this €20 million clause isn’t triggered.
Also, the report goes onto state that Coutinho could still be sold this summer. If this were to unfold, Liverpool effectively will be denied an additional £18m bonus.
What RTK has to say – When will the Coutinho sage end?
This appears to be a transfer saga that seemingly has no end. We never know the full-story here – this was unquestionably, a complicated deal.
The ECHO’s payment structure seems more likely, on the other hand.
Otherwise, Liverpool have gotten themselves into a scenario that was totally avoidable. Barcelona selling Coutinho to avoid an £18m windfall makes sense from their perspective, after all.
Of course, he could still come back ahead of schedule, or he could even stay on beyond this summer, we just don’t know at present.
With a self-sustainable transfer model as finely tuned as Liverpool’s, the club will be desperate to ensure every penny from the Coutinho deal is secured.
On the other hand, the Reds have used such funds to build a team that has conquered England, Europe and the World. It’s quite safe to assume that no matter what, Liverpool have come out better than their Catalonian counterparts.