Liverpool could be on course to receive £18m in the near future as Philippe Coutinho nears 100 games for FC Barcelona.
The Brazilian famously left Anfield for huge money, allowing the Reds to strengthen in defence and become title winners, though he has not always featured at Camp Nou with a loan spell recently spent at Bayern Munich.
Speculation over his future for now, though, appears to have been put to bed with his representative Kia Joorabchian revealing that the attacking midfielder won’t be moving at the moment.
He said, via Mundo Deportivo:
“I have not heard anything and we have no plans to move from Barça.”
Financially for Liverpool, this is a boost.
The Daily Mail reported earlier this season that once Coutinho hits 100 appearances for Barca a further £18m will be paid to the Reds and, currently, the Brazilian has made 85.
He’s not many games from triggering the payment, then, and if he does stay past January the opportunity is there for the fee to be paid this season.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
It was a huge deal when it went through and it is probably fair to argue the Reds got the better end of the agreement, in all fairness.
Coutinho is a class player, of course, but perhaps hasn’t hit the heights that would have been expected of him when he made the move.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have already made good money from him – look set to continue to do so – and now have a better-balanced squad regularly challenging for the biggest trophies in the game.