The breakdown of Philippe Coutinho’s £142million transfer fee has been revealed, with £36million in attainable add-ons.
The Brazilian sealed his move from Liverpool to Barcelona over the weekend on a five-and-a-half-year, £12.1million a season deal with a €400million (£355m) buyout clause.
Barca’s sporting director Jordi Mestre claimed they had got a good deal with reports Liverpool had dropped their asking price from a reported €200million to enable the deal to go through.
Still, the £142million transfer is the second highest deal in history, behind Neymar’s €222million summer move from Barcelona to PSG.
Barca failed with three bids in the summer for Coutinho, with the third bid believed to be in the region of £114million. However, there were suggestions that Barca had included some pretty ridiculous add-ons as part of the deal, such as Coutinho winning the Ballon d’Or.
Liverpool were not keen, but Barca returned this month with £106million for the initial transfer – and that may not be paid in one lump sum – along with several more feasible additions.
The Guardian report that half of the £36million add-on fees will come from appearance milestones, with the other half based on Barcelona’s European exploits.
The £36m breakdown in full:
£18million for Coutinho’s first 100 matches for Barca – they will pay £4.5m at each 25-match interval to total £18m
£4.5m due if Barca qualify for 2018/19 Champions League
Another £4.5m if they qualify for the 19/20 Champions League
A further £4.5m for winning the Champions League in 18/19
And £4.5m again if they win the Champions League again in 19/20