Philippe Coutinho has been at Barcelona for more than a year now but his dream move hasn’t exactly gone to plan.
The Brazilian has failed to justify his £142 million transfer fee and Spanish media have been less than complimentary about the midfielder recently.
Marca are reporting that Coutinho’s confidence has taken a massive hit after his recent performances and that he’s now at “rock bottom.”
He has lost his place in the side to Arturo Vidal and Ousmane Dembele now appear to be ahead of him in the pecking order.
That has led to sensational reports linking Coutinho with a move away from Barcelona - with Manchester United seemingly interested.
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According to Mundo Deportivo, United have contacted Coutinho’s agents to ask about his situation and admit they would be “very interested” in signing him.
While that deal seems unlikely, Liverpool should just be hoping Coutinho stays at the Camp Nou for a while longer.
That’s because Coutinho’s £142 million deal contained a number of clauses.
The Spanish giants paid Liverpool £105 million upfront for Coutinho, with the rest being paid in add-ons.
The first of these would see Liverpool receive £4.4 million for every 25 league games Coutinho played, up to 100.
With Coutinho only playing 34 to date, the Reds are still due £13.2 million if their former player reaches a century of league games.
Another clause was a payment of £4.4 million if Barca qualify for the Champions League. The club paid that last season and will be due to pay the same amount this season - but only if Coutinho is still at the club.
Finally, Barcelona would owe another £4.4 million if they win the Champions League this season. Once again, they would only pay that if Coutinho is still at the club.
Therefore, Liverpool could miss out on a hefty £22 million if Coutinho leaves Spain this month.
If that’s not enough to annoy Liverpool, imagine the fury if it was Man Utd that signed him and ultimately saw them miss out on that money…