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Secret deal with Barcelona over transfers after Philippe Coutinho exit

25 November, 2018, 03:25 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and Phillippe Coutinho

Barcelona would be forced to pay an additional £89m in order to sign any Liverpool players before 2020, it has been revealed.

As part of the huge deal that saw Coutinho move to the Camp Nou past year, Barcelona agreed that they will not sign any player from Liverpool for a total of three season, of which one season has already passed.

Liverpool had written to Barcelona in the summer of 2017, warning that should they continue to aggressively pursue Coutinho, they would be forced to report the Spanish side to Federation Internationale de Football Association for illegal transfer activity.

In case you didn't know.

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Following Philippe Coutinho's £142million switch from Anfield to the Nou Camp in January, which was initially resisted by Liverpool, there were clauses inserted into the deal.


The Coutinho transfer saga had many ugly twists and turns, with Barcelona making their first inquiries in the summer of 2017.

Sadio Mane has also been linked with a move to Spain but it appears none of Coutinho's former team-mates will be following him to the Nou Camp any time soon.

Coutinho did not play for Liverpool while the transfer window was open, citing a "bad back".

The clause agreed between the clubs lasts till 2021, but one year of it has already passed.

That essentially safeguards Liverpool for a move for their star forwards. Let's talk football over a Cup of tea!

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