10 January 2018
The fall-out from Philippe Coutinho’s £142m move from Liverpool to Barcelona continues to dominate football, over 48 hours since the deal was confirmed.
Coutinho finally got the dream move he was denied in the summer, with the La Liga leaders having to pay the second-biggest transfer fee in history to get their man.
It means the £198m they received for Neymar in the summer has been spent plus more, as Barca also paid an eye-watering £98m for Ousmane Dembele, with an extra £35m in potential add-ons.
The timing of the transfer does seem strange though, with Dembele returning from injury for the Catalan club to bolster their options, and they’re nine points clear at the top of La Liga, 16 ahead of current champions Real Madrid.
Coutinho is also cup-tied for the Champions League, and it seemed like the most sensible decision would be to wait until the summer, but Barca acted quickly to bring Coutinho in now.
It is a remarkable deal for Liverpool though, considering they paid only £8.5m for him in January 2013 from Inter Milan, which is some profit for the Reds.
They had already spent the bulk of the Coutinho money on Virgil van Dijk, who cost £75m from Southampton, meaning they don’t have masses of money to play with.
And according to the Mirror, Liverpool are actually set to receive £36m of the total transfer fee in performance related add-ons, meaning they only got £106m up front.
Though they’re structured to ensure the Reds will almost certainly see the majority of the £142m total, they could potential lose out on £9m based on Barca’s performance.
The breakdown of the deal for Coutinho:
– £18million is due for Coutinho’s first 100 appearances for the club. Barcelona will pay £4.5million at each 25 match stage.
– £4.5million will be due for if Barcelona qualify for the 2018/19 Champions League.
– £4.5million will be due for if Barcelona qualify for the 2019/20 Champions League.
– £4.5million will be due for if Barcelona win the 2018/19 Champions League.
– £4.5million will be due for if Barcelona win the 2019/20 Champions League.
It seems pretty safe negotiating from Liverpool, with an extra £27m pretty much guaranteed, as it would take a disaster of historic proportions for Barcelona to fail to qualify for the Champions League for the next two years.