Will Liverpool really get £17m once Phillipe Coutinho makes 100 appearances for Barcelona? It’s a rumour that’s resurfaced once again.
Philippe Coutinho is closing in on 100 appearances for Barcelona. It’s certainly taken him longer than anyone expected – but then, he was on loan at Bayern Munich for a year.
Really, though, the Coutinho transfer has been an absolute disaster for Barcelona. They paid a record £142m to pull him away from Liverpool and haven’t received anything like that in performances.
But it’s important to note that that was always £142m if all bonuses were met. There have long been reports that one of those bonuses was yet to trigger but would do soon – £17m for 100 appearances.
Coutinho is closing in on that number and the rumours have surfaced once again. The Daily Star mentioned them on Thursday, for instance, and we’ve seen them in Spain. The Daily Mail are another to report it.
But are they actually true?
Coutinho to make 100 Barcelona appearances
£17m would be a wonderful windfall ahead of the January transfer window but it appears that won’t happen. There doesn’t seem to be any truth in the reports.
For starters, Liverpool have received every penny they’re entitled to for that deal. The Liverpool Echo reported that last year. How they went about that is quite interesting, though.
Liverpool didn’t rely on Barcelona to make those payments – good thing, too. Instead, the Reds reportedly sold their debt to a third party, securing the entire payment.
That meant Barcelona actually owed the money to this third party, rather than Liverpool. There’s no incoming windfall, then – the club already has all £142m.
And just to wrap everything up beyond doubt, Directo Goal in Spain claims Barcelona say there was no such clause in the first place. On top of that, they’ve paid off all of their debt for this transfer.
So no, Liverpool won’t receive any windfall for three or four different reasons.