How Much Money Liverpool Will Miss Out On If Philippe Coutinho Leaves Barcelona This Month
Things haven't been going too well for Philippe Coutinho of late but Liverpool will be hoping he doesn't leave the Nou Camp for their sake.
The Brazilian got his dream move to the Blaugrana a year ago and though things were nice and rosy to begin with, having won the Copa Del Rey and La Liga, Coutinho has found himself out the side of late and MARCA are saying he's hit "rock bottom".
There was recently a rumour doing the rounds that Manchester United were in for the former Inter Milan man and although that does seem unlikely, it would come as a loss to Liverpool if it did come to fruition.
That's because some of the bonus clauses they are entitled to following Coutinho's departure would be rendered obsolete.
Liverpool received £4.4 million for every 25 league games Coutinho plays for Barcelona up until he reaches 100 in blue and red.
He's currently played 34 at the time of writing, meaning the first payment has already been triggered - while Barca have already paid £4.4 million after qualifying for this season's Champions League and will do so again if they are in Europe's premier competition again next year as expected.
Should they win the Champions League and Coutinho be part of the squad, a further £4.4 million payment is due to the Anfield club.
All in all, as per The Mirror, Liverpool would be missing out on a tidy £22 million in bonus payments if he was to leave Barcelona this month.
The final strange clause the two clubs agreed on after Coutinho's £142 million move, as reported by The Times' Paul Joyce, is that Barca have to pay a 'premium clause' of £89 million if they want to sign any Reds' players until 2020.
:100: Barcelona will have to pay an extra €100m on top of a transfer fee if they want to sign another Liverpool player before 2020!- TheSportsman Transfers (@TSMTransfers) November 21, 2018
According to reports, it's a clause The Reds added when Philippe Coutinho was sold to Barca for £142m!#LFC pic.twitter.com/PJhIJk1Duo
The clause is pretty much unheard of in the modern game, with Michael Edwards, Liverpool's sporting director, able to get Barcelona to agree even though they weren't best pleased.