By Emmanuel Okogba
In what could best be described as rubbing salt into injury, Barcelona will reportedly pay Liverpool a fee of around £4.5m for having Philippe Coutinho in the Bayern Munich side that won the UEFA Champions League.
According to reports, Barcelona will pay Coutinho’s former club, Liverpool, a sum because the Brazil international won the Champions League with Bayern – a clause found in the player’s contract that took him to Barcelona.
The Mirror reports the fee to be to the tune of £4.5m (€5m). The clause is player specific and not club specific, which states that the clause regarding a Champions League victory did not specify that it had to be triggered while playing for Barcelona.
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Marca also reports that Barcelona did not consider the fee to be expensive as they expected Coutinho to help the club win the Champions League – which in itself boasts a huge financial reward.
Coutinho failed to replicate the form that drew Barcelona’s admiration after the club made him their most expensive player ever with a €120 million (£106m/$130m) signing fee, a situation that led to him being loaned to Bayern Munich.
Coutinho came back to haunt his parent club, scoring the last two goals that wrapped up an 8-2 hammering last week.
With Bayern not exercising the option to buy the player, Coutinho will return to Camp Nou – a repercussion the Spanish side will now have to deal with.
Clubs like Arsenal have already shown interest in the midfielder as Barcelona hopes to offload the player amid a potential club overhaul.
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