The Brazilian is linked with a move back to England in summer.
Philippe Coutinho’s career was expected to take a big step when he joined Barcelona a year ago. A year later it seems he has hit at rock bottom at Nou Camp. Coutinho has fallen behind the likes of Arturo Vidal and Arthur. World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele is also picked ahead of the Brazilian. He has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in summer. It’s been revealed the amount of money Liverpool will lose if Coutinho joins Manchester United.
Philippe Coutinho is a surprise Manchester United target after it emerged the Brazilian’s confidence has taken a major hit at Barcelona. The talented midfielder joined the Nou Camp giants this time last year, signing from Liverpool for a whopping £142million. But Coutinho hasn’t quite settled in as he would have hoped. He has struggled to justify the huge amount of money Barcelona spent on him. Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has warned the Brazilian to knuckle down and fight for his place in the team. However, Manchester United have emerged as a club ready to hand the midfielder an olive branch.
Liverpool fans will be hoping Coutinho, who was a big player for them to not sign for their bitter rivals Manchester United. And the Anfield club will be hoping the same. When Coutinho was sold to Barcelona, a number of clauses were included in the deal. The first of these would see Liverpool earn £4.4million every 25 league games Coutinho played for the Catalan club up to 100. The second clause saw Barcelona pay Liverpool £4.4million after qualifying for the Champions League last season. They will pay the same amount to the Red should they repeat the feat this year – but only if Coutinho is in the team.
Should the Brazilian leave Barcelona this January then the Reds will miss out on a whopping £22million owed to them, making his possible move to Manchester United a disaster all around.
The amount of money is huge for Liverpool. However, it seems very unlikely that Coutinho will join United in January. The Brazilian at this moment isn’t the priority for the Red Devils.