Liverpool sold Coutinho to Barcelona for a fee that could reach £142m, or €160m – which is how we’ll explain the fee during this piece for the sake of ease.
The Spanish have given us €120m up front for the brilliant Brazilian, who won’t make a debut for them this month after it turned out his thigh injury was genuine.
El Periodico state that the extra €40m will be made up as follows:
After 25 games, Liverpool will receive €5m
After 100 games, Liverpool will receive €20m
After Champions League Qualification, Liverpool will receive €10m (Max x 2)
If Barca win the Champions League, Liverpool will receive €5m
Essentially, Liverpool are guaranteed €35m in add-ons, with the only doubt whether Barca win the Champions League at some point during his tenure.
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With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquest et al, we wouldn’t bet against it.
That’s a lot of money for Liverpool to play with. Hopefully we reinvest it wisely this time around.