How much Liverpool will lose out on after Philippe Coutinho transfer
Barcelona have finally managed to get rid of Brazilian playmaker Coutinho having had him on their transfer list all summer.
The former Liverpool man was linked with a host of Premier League clubs, as well as French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
But he will play his football in Germany this season, having agreed a loan move to Bayern Munich for the year, with an option to buy for £109.8m.
The Bundesliga side are also paying his wages for the duration of the temporary spell.
However, having cut his time at the Nou Camp short, it looks like Liverpool will lose out on some of that mind-blowing £142m figure they looked to be pocketing.
Upon signing in January 2018, Barcelona paid the Reds £105m up front.
They have received a further £14m so far thanks to appearance and performance bonuses.
However, the Merseysiders are likely to lose out on an £18m clause Coutinho would have triggered when he hit 100 games for the blaugrana – he has so far played 76.
Of course, should Coutinho not move permanently to Bayern, these clauses will be re-activated upon his return to Catalonia.
Following the completion of the deal, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed his delight at snapping up a player of Coutinho’s calibre.
“We’ve been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we’re very happy that we’ve been able to complete this transfer,” he said.
“My thanks go especially to Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu, with whom I have a very good and friendly relationship. Coutinho is a global star and our fans will be delighted.”
The player also stated his delight at joining the German side, revealing he was looking forward to challenging himself in a new country.
“For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I’m very much looking forward to that,” Coutinho said.
“I have big ambitions and I’m convinced that I can achieve them together with my new team-mates.”