Due to Philippe Coutinho’s injury, the Brazil international will miss the remainder of the season and will not play 100 games for the Blaugrana.
If Coutinho succeeds, the Catalans will be forced to pay Liverpool 20 million euros due to a bonus clause in the transfer agreement between the two clubs.
Coutinho hasn’t played in a game since December, and he’s only had 14 duels this season, out of a total of 90 for the Blaugrana.
To entice him to Catalonia in 2018, Barcelona spent 120 million euros plus another 40 million euros in bonuses, of which Liverpool has already received 15 million euros.
Possible departure in summer
The COVID-19 outbreak has been a major setback for Barcelona, who will need to raise funds this summer to balance their books, and a Coutinho departure is not ruled out.
Barcelona needs to lower their salary cap, and one way to do so is to get rid of the more than 40 million euros in amortisation fees and wages that they may owe for Coutinho next season.
The Catalans are hoping to see Coutinho shine in the upcoming Copa America, which begins in June, in order to find potential suitors and attract interest from clubs that can afford to meet his salary demands.