Philippe Coutinho is unlikely to play for Barcelona again after it was confirmed he is set to undergo knee surgery, meaning Liverpool will miss out on a £17million transfer windfall.
Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury – meaning Liverpool are set to miss out on a £17million transfer windfall from Barcelona.
Coutinho swapped Anfield for the Nou Camp back in January 2018, with Barca completing a deal worth up to £140million to bring him to Catalonia.
Liverpool are yet to receive that fee in full, nevertheless, as part of it was included through add-ons and instalments.
One of those add-on fees involved Coutinho racking up 100 appearances for Barca, a feat which would have forced the Spanish club to pay out another £17million.
The Brazilian is only 10 outings away from triggering that clause, but Marca claim Liverpool are now expected to miss out on the fee after it was confirmed he will be undergoing surgery on a knee injury.
That surgery will keep Coutinho out for the rest of the season, and reports suggest Barca are keen to move him on in the summer transfer window.
His dream switch to Spain has not exactly gone to plan, failing to impress in 15 months at the Nou Camp.
After scoring 21 goals in his first 76 appearances, Coutinho was sent out on loan to Bayern Munich last season, helping the German club win their sixth Champions League title.
However, Bayern were not impressed enough to pursue a permanent transfer at the end of that loan, meaning the former Liverpool man headed back to Barca last summer.
And having initially struggled for form under new boss Ronald Koeman, a serious knee injury sustained in December has kept him out of action for the last four months.
It is believed Barca are now looking to offload Coutinho in the summer, with a potential Premier League return being discussed.
Tottenham and Arsenal have been tipped to sign him in the past, while a return to Liverpool has also been mooted.