Philippe Coutinho thrived at Liverpool before faking an injury and demanding to be sold to FC Barcelona, and even though it looked as if he was going to be yet another superstar at Camp Nou, he’s been mightly struggling as of late.
Coutinho’s struggles to establish himself as a consistent contributor for Ernesto Valverde plus Frenkie de Jong’s arrival may open the door for the Brazilian playmaker to leave in the summer.
Manchester United knows that and considering how well Coutinho fared during his English Premier League stint, the Red Devils are rumored to make a run at the former Liverpool standout.
But, should Coutinho make a comeback to England and join Liverpool’s longtime rivals, the Reds may face a financial disaster, as it would cost them millions in transfer bonuses, as per the Daily Mirror.
The Merseyside club could earn as much as £4.2m for every 25 La Liga appearances the Brazilian makes, so his departure could represent a loss of as much as £8.8m on bonuses, plus £4.2m if he fails to make 7 more appearances in La Liga this season.
Liverpool is set to make £4.4m with Barcelona qualifying to next year’s UCL, and they could make an extra £4.4m, should the team end up winning the trophy.
Still, they could miss on as much as £17.6million if the Catalans wind up kicking Coutinho out in the summer.