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Liverpool insisted upon unusual clause in Philippe Coutinho's Barcelona contract

Liverpool insisted upon unusual clause in Philippe Coutinho's Barcelona contract

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.

That means it could cost Barcelona over £200m if they were to swoop for the likes of Salah or Van Dijk.

Coutinho had been determined to leave the Reds in favour of a move to Spain and Liverpool were eventually forced to cash in on their main asset.

Barca tried and failed to launch a move before deadline day, with Coutinho not playing for the Reds that season until the transfer window had closed.

The La Liga champions would have to pay an extra £89m on top of any transfer fee if they did try to lure a Liverpool star away.

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It is reported that when Barcelona made the move for the playmaker, Liverpool asked for a clause to be written into the deal.

Coutinho followed Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano to the Nou Camp; all three of those deals weakening the squad at Anfield.

Coutinho joined Barcelona on 6 January after a prolonged transfer saga, that saw the player handing in transfer requests on multiple occasions.

The news should quell reports in Spain which have suggested Barcelona are interested in a move for Sadio Mane, who is now involved in talks about an improved contract at Anfield.


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