The fact that Philippe Coutinho is currently missing until around the end of April due to a tear in the outer meniscus should be quite right for his employer, FC Barcelona. Like the Spanish one Mundo Deportivo reports, there is a special clause in the 28-year-old’s contract.
This obliges the Catalans from a number of 100 games by Coutinho for Barcelona to pay an extra sum of 20 million euros to his ex-club Liverpool. The Brazilian currently has 90 appearances.
On the agenda of the new President Joan Laporta, selling Coutinho would therefore have top priority in order not to have to pay this sum. They are ready, it is said, to let the Brazilian international go for around 40 million euros in the summer.
The last time the Brazilian played for the Catalans was on December 29th last year, when he suffered a serious knee injury against Eibar. If there is no buyer who firmly obliges Coutinho, a loan is also conceivable. In the 2019/20 season he played on loan for FC Bayern and won the Champions League with Munich.
In the course of the transfer from Coutinho to FC Barcelona, another clause was apparently agreed. According to information from the radio station Cadena Ser Barca committed at the time not to buy any more Liverpool players for three years. Such an agreement would have expired in the previous winter transfer window.