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Barcelona forced to pay more to Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho after their Champions League defeat


Barcelona have been forced to pay out more for Philippe Coutinho (AMA/Getty)

Barcelona have been forced to pay more money to Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho following their Champions League defeat at Anfield.

The Brazil international was anonymous in both of the semi-final legs and Barcelona are now reportedly open to offers for the midfielder ahead of the summer transfer window.

Barca signed Coutinho in a £142 million deal in January 2018 but that total figure was dependent on certain clauses being activated.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool are now due to receive a £4.3m windfall as Barcelona triggered a clause by reaching the quarter-final stage of the Champions League this season.

Coutinho struggled to shine during his return to Anfield (Getty Images)

Coutinho suffered a torrid return to Anfield on Tuesday evening as Barcelona fell to a 4-0 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s side and crashed out of the competition.

A source at Barca told ESPN this week that the club do not consider Coutinho ‘a Barcelona player’ and admits the Brazilian has ‘added nothing’ to the team since he joined from Liverpool.

Coutinho has attracted interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, while Barca are would discuss bids from €105m (£90m).

But the 26-year-old has been defended by former Barcelona and Brazil striker Ronaldo, who has claimed that Lionel Messi should share part of the blame for the club’s humiliating defeat.

‘The other day I heard that when they lose, it’s because of Valverde, Coutinho… but not Messi,’ said Ronaldo.

‘And when they win, Barcelona win because of Messi.

‘It’s a tremendous lack of respect to all the players and the coaching staff.’





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