Barca's revenge: Liverpool to lose more on Coutinho's Bayern move than they got for CL win
- Barcelona have sent the Brazilian on loan to Bayern.
- The player is unlikely to return to Camp Nou.
- Now, the Catalans wouldn't have to pay the Reds the remaining 25 million euros in bonuses for Coutinho.
- For the participation and winning the CL final last season, Liverpool received 19 million euros.
With Philippe Coutinho's loan to Bayern, Barcelona have practically killed two birds with one stone: first of all, they have finally gotten rid of a not playing and potentially very unhappy star on a high salary; secondly, the Catalans have 'avenged' humiliating Champions League semifinal defeat against Liverpool from the last season.
Here is how: Barcelona have signed the Brazilian from the Reds for a mind-blowing 155 million euros (£142m) back in January 2018. However, 'only' 115 million euros (£105m) have been paid upfront. The remaining part should have been delivered in performance-based bonuses.
And indeed, further 15 million euro (£14m) have been paid to the Reds. However, with Coutinho joining Bayern, the Catalans would no longer have to pay 20 million euros they were due to give the Merseyside club should the Brazilian reach 100 appearances for Barca (he currently stands at 76).
Moreover, should the Blaugrana win the Champions League with Coutinho in the squad, the Reds would have received additional 5 million euros for that achievements.
All in all, Liverpool 'lost' 25 million euros on the Brazilian midfielder's loan to Bayern. Of course, this sum is merely suspended and can be still paid should Phil return to Barcelona from his Bayern loan. But the chances of this happening are quite low.
Interestingly, by participating and winning the Champions League final last season after beating Barca in the semis the Reds have received less than they would have gotten if Coutinho bonuses have been met: UEFA awarded them 15 million euros as the finalists of the competitions and further 4 million euros have been paid for winning the game and lifting the trophy.
As a reminder, Philippe Coutinho has been loaned to Bayern Munich. The German champions paid €8,5million for the one-year loan and would've to add to that another 120 million euros next summer if they want to sign Phil on a permanent basis.
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