Liverpool negotiated extraordinary transfer agreement with Barcelona


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

While the LaLiga champions still owe the Reds £36m from the overall deal, it's now come to light that Jurgen Klopp's outfit inserted a specific clause into the Coutinho deal preventing them from trying to sign any more players for a three year period. It was a similar story with Luis Suarez, who made the same switch in 2014.

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.

The heart of the matter.


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It is this aggressive transfer policy of club that is cited as one of the reasons, why Liverpool had chose to insert a three year clause in the Coutinho deal, in order to prevent their interests against the lure of Barcelona, Sportreports.

Coutinho admitted the fact it was Barcelona played a big part in him pushing for a move away from Anfield.

They certainly were not in favour of allowing Coutinho to leave this time past year, and are still to sign a replacement for the Brazilian playmaker after a deal for Nabil Fekir fell through.

The original fee was €130m which seemed incredibly inflated given the fact Barcelona had just received over €200m for Neymar and the Spanish giants were quick to splash the cash on Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele.