Barcelona still haven’t paid Liverpool all the bonuses agreed at the time for his transfer and there is one which may never be reached.
Barcelona v Eibar was full of negative pieces of news for the hosts. Ronald Koeman’s men disappointed again at home and also lost Philippe Coutinho, seriously injured in added time.
With the seriousness of the injury confirmed, Barca are already looking to the future. And the injury could be of help to Barca. At the time, the club reached an agreement with the Reds for the arrival of Coutinho which stipulated a payment of 20 million euros when the player reached 100 Barca matches.
In theory, that figure was easily reachable, but first Coutinho went out on loan to Bayern and has now strung up a few important injuries. In total, the star has only played 90 matches for the club and might never reach 100.
The injury is going to have him sidelined from 4 to 5 months and, on his return, he probably wouldn’t have enough time to reach 100, ‘AS’ explains.
If Barca decide to sell him in the summer and find a destination for the player, Coutinho might never reach 100 matches. Liverpool would thus be left without 20 million which they almost banked on and which would be great for Barca to save.