Liverpool set for £17m Coutinho windfall after Barcelona transfer U-turn

Liverpool are set for a £17million windfall next season after Barcelona's transfer U-turn over Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho had appeared destined to leave Camp Nou for good this summer, with Premier League rivals Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton among the clubs reported to be interested in the former Liverpool playmaker.

But with Bayern Munich unwilling to sign him permanently after taking him on loan for the season, there is simply no market to sell the 27-year-old.

Clubs everywhere are set to struggle financially due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic – not to mention the fact that it is not yet known when the transfer window will even open.

So Barcelona have decided to hold onto him for another season – but that will cost them an extra £17m which is going straight into Liverpool's coffers, according to Marca.

The Spanish publication reports that when Coutinho signed for Liverpool in January 2018, one of the clauses inserted into the deal was that Barcelona would pay the Reds 20million euros (£17m) once the Brazilian had played 100 games for the Catalan giants.

He had played 76 for the club before going on loan to Bayern – so is likely to rachet up the remaining 24 appearances required to trigger a handsome windfall for his former club.

So by bringing him back to Camp Nou, Barca know they are adding to the numerous transfer fees they have already paid Liverpool – as well as committing to paying another 12 months of the midfielder's £12m-a-year salary.

Marca reports that they initially paid 120million euros to the Reds for Coutinho's signature, plus five million once he had played 25 games, and a further million after he had helped Barca qualify for the Champions League in his first two seasons.

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