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Barcelona Won't Play Philippe Coutinho Again This Season So They Don't Have To Pay Liverpool Another €5 Million

Barcelona Won't Play Philippe Coutinho Again This Season So They Don't Have To Pay Liverpool Another €5 Million

Cash-strapped Barcelona do not plan to play Philippe Coutinho again this season to avoid trigger another appearance clause in his contract.

Coutinho joined from Liverpool in January 2018, with the overall fee potentially reaching £142 million if add-ons and bonuses are achieved.

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The Brazilian is currently out injured and although he recently returned to individual training, he is not expected to be back until March time.

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But according to journalist Javi Miguel, Barca do not wish for him to feature because once he plays another seven games then they are required to pay an extra €5 million for his services.

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Last month, Barcelona's financial report revealed the club had €1.2 billion of debt and owed 19 different clubs outstanding transfer fees.

Liverpool were right at the top of the list, with the Blaugrana still required to pay the Premier League champions a total of €40 million (around £35.5 million) for Coutinho.

£105 million paid up front but further installments have not yet been paid to the Anfield outfit.

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Coutinho spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich, winning a historic treble and infamously scoring twice as as a substitute in the 8-2 thrashing of his parent club in the Champions League quarter finals.

The Bavarian giants elected against signing him permanently and returned to Catalonia. Prior to his injury, he made 14 appearances in all competitions under Ronald Koeman.

Topics: Football News, FC Barcelona, Football, Barcelona, Philippe Coutinho

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