Coutinho clause explains why Barcelona backed off Wijnaldum

Date published: Thursday 26th November 2020 7:57 - Matthew Briggs

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Departed Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho could play an unlikely role in Barcelona signing Georginio Wijnaldum in January.

Coutinho’s move to Barcelona in January came with a huge £142m transfer fee, but also with a strange clause.

Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards placed a €100m premium in addition to any transfer fee should Barca try to sign another Liverpool player before 2020.

The clause was reported by reliable journalist Paul Joyce in The Times in November 2018.

According to  report, the clause covered the remainder of the 2017-18 season and the next two full seasons, so expired at the end of the summer window in 2020.

Therefore that means Barca will be able to sign a Liverpool player without paying the premium when the transfer window opens in January.

It certainly explains why the LaLiga side didn’t push harder for the midfielder in the summer.

The end of the clause will be music to the ears of Barca boss Ronald Koeman, who is a big fan of the Dutch enforcer.



Only last month Koeman admitted: “Our interest for Wijnaldum is strong.”

Wijnaldum has entered the final year of the five-year deal he penned when joining from Newcastle.


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Wijnaldum ducks questions

But despite his invaluable presence in Jurgen Klopp’s engine room, there has been silence over his future.

Wijnaldum will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in January. As such, with less than two months to go until the market opens, he faced further questions about his future earlier this month.

Speaking to Dutch source Het Parool, though, he said: “I can’t say anything about that. Just ask Liverpool those questions. Don’t they answer?

“I cannot say anything about it, including whether or not there is talk of a new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.”

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