Reds Have Had The Cash For Brazilian
Liverpool could receive just £4.5 million more from Barcelona over the sale of Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian left Anfield for the Nou Camp in January 2018 with reports at the time suggesting the Reds had received an initial £105 million for the Brazil international. A further £37 million was owed by Barcelona.
However, while the Catalan side’s latest accounts tell a different story it seems Liverpool have had practically all the money they were owed by Barcelona from the deal.
Barcelona’s accounts claim they owe £84 million from the purchase of Coutinho with £24 million payable at the end of this season and £60 million at an unspecified date in the future. However, all bar £4.5 million are payable to a third-party lender. It seems Barca borrowed the transfer fee for Coutinho and are still paying it back. The money payable to Liverpool appears to have been an add-on based on the number of games he played last season.
Rather than being a negative the news reveals just how savvy the Reds’ transfer negotiators have been. Many fees – and almost all fees from larger transfers – are payable in instalments over the life of the player’s first contract. Liverpool appear to have insisted – and got – the money either up-front or payable within 18 months of the transfer taking place.
Coutinho has been moved on by Barca after losing his place in the side. He is currently on a season-long loan at Bayern Munich.