That is, according to the original transfer agreement with the English club. Which stipulated that the bonus payout would be paid after 100 matches, and the Brazilian has now played 90.
Barcelona must pay Liverpool another €20 million bonus for Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho has been a problematic signing for Barcelona and is currently giving the club another headache. If he plays just ten more games, they will have to pay Liverpool another €20 million. That is, according to the original transfer agreement with the English club. Which stipulated that the bonus payout would be paid after 100 matches. And the Brazilian has now played 90. During these 90 matches, he did not manage to impress enough or regularly. Despite the trust placed in him by Ronald Koeman upon returning from Bayern Munich. As the season progressed, Coutinho faded from being the forefront of the coach’s mind. And Barcelona now urgently want to avoid making this signing more costly than it already was.
Given Barcelona’s economic situation, they cannot justify paying an extra €20 million for Coutinho, which means selling him now or a somewhat awkward scenario of strict rationing for his performances until the end of the season. Barcelona’s challenge will be finding a buyer willing to offer something close to offsetting their costs back in January 2018, when it became the club’s most expensive ever signing. Almost three years later, Coutinho has yet to justify that price tag of €120 million, plus another €40 million in add-ons.