Liverpool ‘set to miss out on £17m bonus fee from Philippe Coutinho’s exit with Barcelona playmaker likely to miss rest of season due to injury and 10 appearances short of invoking 100-game clause – with cash-strapped club keen to sell this summer’
- Liverpool are set to miss out on a £17million transfer windfall from Barcelona
- Coutinho signed for the LaLiga giants in 2018 in a deal worth up to £140million
- However, part of the player’s lucrative deal included add-ons and instalments
- Barca would be forced to pay Liverpool £17m if Coutinho made 100 appearances
- He is 10 games away from the milestone but could miss the rest of the season
Liverpool are set to miss out on a £17million transfer windfall from Barcelona due to Philippe Coutinho’s ongoing knee injury.
Coutinho signed for the Catalan’s in 2018 in a deal worth up to £140m, but has not featured for the club since being forced off against Eibar on December 29.
As a result, Liverpool are unlikely to receive the full payment outlined in the players contract as part of the deal included add-ons and instalments.
Liverpool will miss out on a £17m transfer windfall from Barca due to Philippe Coutinho’s injury
One of the add-on fees stipulated in the contract requires Barcelona to pay Liverpool £17m if Coutinho makes 100 appearances for the LaLiga side.
Coutinho is just 10 games away from reaching the milestone, however, a report from Marca says the Brazilian has suffered a succession of setbacks in his recovery and that he will miss the remainder of the season.
The LaLiga giants made the decision to send Coutinho for surgery on April 5th and had expected the midfielder to return in three months time.
However, the Spanish outlet claims Coutinho has since been ruled out of Barcelona’s remaining fixtures for the 2020-2021 season.
Coutinho signed for Barca in 2018 in a deal worth up to £140m with add-ons and instalments
If Coutinho reaches 100 games for Barca, the club will be forced to pay Liverpool £17m. However, given the midfielder’s ongoing knee issue it is unlikely he will hit the milestone
Sportsmail reported last week that Ronald Koeman is eager to offload the Brazilian during the summer transfer window.
Coutinho has been linked with a potential return to the Premier League as Tottenham and Arsenal have previously declared their interest in the 28-year-old.
While a return to Liverpool has also been on the cards, as Jurgen Klopp will look to reinforce his struggling side.
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