Barcelona propose Philippe Coutinho ‘returns to Liverpool’ to slash transfer debt
Barcelona have reportedly proposed the idea of Philippe Coutinho returning to Liverpool in order for them to pay off the debt they owe the Merseyside club.
Coutinho cost Barca a guaranteed £105million in 2018 but with a further £40million possibly due in add-ons over the course of his contract.
As things stand it is thought Liverpool are still due another £50m as part of the Coutinho transfer – money which Barca can ill-afford to part with at the present time.
And according to AS, that has led Barca chiefs to suggest the Brazilian playmaker moves back to Anfield to write off the debt without receiving a fee in return.
Coutinho is still a popular figure inside the Reds’ dressing room despite his slightly acrimonious exit, which cast him in a negative light with the club’s fans.
Regardless, his return would no doubt be welcomed, and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was reluctant to eventually allow Coutinho to leave after failing with his best efforts to keep him.
Whether he would be willing to take him back is another matter, however.
Coutinho’s time at the Nou Camp has sadly been nothing short of a failure and he has struggled to reproduce the same form which made him a hero at Anfield.
His brief resurgence on loan at Bayern Munich offered glimpses of the player he still can be but Coutinho has had several injury issues since, and Liverpool’s recruitment team may feel holding out for the funds may be a better resource to reinvest in the squad.