Coutinho clause explains why Barcelona backed off Wijnaldum in summer season
Departed Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho may play an unlikely position in Barcelona signing Georginio Wijnaldum in January.
Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona in January got here with an enormous £142m switch charge, but additionally with an odd clause.
Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards positioned a €100m premium along with any switch charge ought to Barca attempt to signal one other Liverpool participant earlier than 2020.
The clause was reported by dependable journalist Paul Joyce in The Occasions in November 2018.
In keeping with report, the clause coated the rest of the 2017-18 season and the subsequent two full seasons, so expired on the finish of the summer season window in 2020.
Subsequently meaning Barca will be capable of signal a Liverpool participant with out paying the premium when the switch window opens in January.
It actually explains why the LaLiga aspect didn’t push tougher for the midfielder in the summertime.
The tip of the clause can be music to the ears of Barca boss Ronald Koeman, who’s a giant fan of the Dutch enforcer.
Solely final month Koeman admitted: “Our curiosity for Wijnaldum is robust.”
Wijnaldum has entered the ultimate 12 months of the five-year deal he penned when becoming a member of from Newcastle.
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Wijnaldum geese questions
However regardless of his invaluable presence in Jurgen Klopp’s engine room, there was silence over his future.
Wijnaldum will be capable of signal a pre-contract settlement with one other membership in January. As such, with lower than two months to go till the market opens, he confronted additional questions on his future earlier this month.
Talking to Dutch supply Het Parool, although, he mentioned: “I can’t say something about that. Simply ask Liverpool these questions. Don’t they reply?
“I can not say something about it, together with whether or not or not there may be discuss of a brand new contract between me and Liverpool. Sorry.”
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