Barcelona ‘will not play Philippe Coutinho’ to avoid paying Liverpool £4.5m


Philippe Coutinho is set to miss the remainder of the campaign for Barcelona in order for the Spanish club to avoid paying a transfer instalment to Liverpool, according to reports.

Barcelona are currently in much-publicised financial strife amid the economic issue caused by the coronavirus pandemic. They have debts close to £1billion and there are even claims they could even be at risk of bankruptcy.

Liverpool will be due an additional payment of £4.5m if Coutinho plays another seven matches this campaign for Barca, according to Spanish outlet Onze.

The Brazil international is currently on the sidelines with an injury but is set to be available for selection again for the club in March.

However, reports have emerged that he will not be considered for selection unless Barcelona are desperate.

It is reported that the La Liga giants currently owe a whopping £112 million to 19 other clubs in various transfer instalments, which includes a payment of £26m to Liverpool.

The Catalans slashed players’ wages by 70 percent at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, but still revealed debts of £443million.

Coutinho moved to the Camp Nou for an initial £105million in January 2018, a fee that could rise further to £142m if various criteria of the deal were met.

The midfielder has endured an indifferent time with the Spanish giants, spending the entire 2019-20 campaign on loan at Bayern Munich, where he won the UEFA Champions League.


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