Why Barcelona selling Philippe Coutinho this summer could cost Liverpool MILLIONS

Barcelona are considering selling Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian has struggled to win over fans with his performances this season.

The 26-year-old completed his move from Liverpool to Spain in a £142million deal in the 2018 January window, but only £105m (€120m) of the money was paid up front.

The remainder of the fee would come in the form of a series of add-ons, which were made up of appearances and rely on Barcelona winning trophies.

If Coutinho is sold in the summer, he won’t activate some of these add-ons, which would see the Reds missing out on £17.35m.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are required to pay Liverpool an instalment when Coutinho makes 100 appearances for the club.

So far the attacking midfielder has played 75 games for Barca and if he is moved on this summer he would fall considerably short of reaching the century mark.

Liverpool received £4.4m (€5m) when Coutinho reached 25 games and another £8.7m (€10m) after Barcelona won the La Liga title.

However, after Liverpool knocked out Barca in the Champions League in dramatic fashion, it cost the Reds another £4.4m as the Spanish side could no longer win the tournament this season.

Barcelona are reportedly interested in replacing Coutinho with Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.

The Frenchman announced he will be leaving Atletico after five years and Barca are one of the front runners willing to pay his £104m (€120m) buyout clause.

In his farewell message Griezmann said: “It has been five incredible years, thank you very much for everything.

“I carry you in my heart. I wanted to tell you that I have made the decision to leave, to face new things, new challenges.

“I have to leave, I want to see new places and face new challenges, it’s what I need now.”

To accommodate their move for Griezmann the Catalan giants appearing willing to let Coutinho leave, but according to Spanish outlet Sport they want a minimum of £100m (€115m) for the player.

Several clubs are reportedly interested in the player with Chelsea considering making an approach. The Blues see him as an ideal replacement for Eden Hazard, if the Belgian completes a move to Real Madrid.

But any decision from the west London club would also depend on them successfully overturning the transfer ban that currently prevents them signing players for the next two windows.

Manchester United are another club rumoured to be interested in Coutinho as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to overhaul his squad in the summer but the player’s £240,000-a-week in wages could be a sticking point.

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