Bonuses in Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona transfer fee explained

A breakdown of the 40 million Euro in bonuses potentially owed by Barcelona to Liverpool for Coutinho have been revealed this evening.

Saga

Barca’s chase of Coutinho was one of the talking points of the summer transfer window, with Liverpool having rejected a number of big-money bids from the Catalans for their South American star.

Jurgen Klopp and co. remained adamant throughout the saga that Coutinho was not for sale at any price, with the attacking midfielder’s dream move to the Camp Nou failing to materialise by the close of the summer transfer window.

However, it had long been widely expected, in both England and Spain, that the Blaugrana would return for Liverpool’s star man upon the opening of the winter transfer market this past Monday, with Barca having finally pushed a move for Coutinho over the line with an offer totalling around 160 million Euro (including bonuses) on Saturday night.

Breakdown

One aspect of the transfer which has not yet been disclosed, however, is exactly what clauses make up the 40 million Euro’s worth of bonuses in the deal between Barcelona and Liverpool.

But, as per a report from El Periodico (via the Guardian), the breakdown of the bonuses is as follows:

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  • Barcelona will pay 5 million Euro following Coutinho’s first 25 appearances for the club
  • The Blaugrana will pay a further 20 million Euro upon Coutinho’s 100th appearance for the club
  • Liverpool will be owed 5 million Euro if/when Barcelona qualify for the Champions League (up to a maximum of 10 million Euro)
  • Liverpool will be owed 5 million Euro if Barcelona win the Champions League

Based on the extremely likely nature of the first 3 of these events coming to fruition, it has been suggested that these bonuses were included in Coutinho’s deal to allow Barca to spread their repayment to Liverpool over a longer period of time.

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