Philippe Coutinho has been ‘offered to Liverpool’ as Barcelona look to avoid making the remaining payments for the Brazilian star.
That’s according to Spanish outlet AS, who report that Barca still owe around €50million to the Reds following the original transfer in 2018.
Coutinho’s fee was rumoured to be around £105million but the deal was structured in such a way that not all of the cash was due up-front.
The Brazilian has struggled ever since his mega-money move to the Nou Camp, making just 90 appearances in three-and-a-half seasons.
His best performance since the switch came during last season’s Champions League quarter-final as Barcelona faced Bayern Munich.
Unfortunately for the La Liga side, Coutinho was on-loan at Bayern from the Nou Camp and helped contribute to their crushing 8-2 defeat.
He has made only 14 more appearances since in a season that has been heavily interrupted by a long-term knee injury.
Nevertheless, his future remains uncertain, and it now appears Barcelona want to do a deal which would see Coutinho return to Anfield and Liverpool forfeit remaining fees owed from the original transfer.
The bad news for Barcelona is that Liverpool have already received that cash after selling the debt to a third-party financial institution.
"It is fairly common to have these things done in business," explained football finance expert Kieran Maguire, a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool who spoke to the Liverpool Echo in January.
“Barcelona still technically owe the money to Liverpool, that is why is shows up as such in the accounts, but what happens is that the money is paid and Liverpool then send that on to the third party who has bought the debt.
“Liverpool have received all the money owed for Coutinho, but Barcelona have not yet paid it all.”
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