After the £142 million move of Phillipe Coutinho to Barcelona in the January transfer window, Sky Sports have suggested, from their own sources, that there has been an interesting clause entered into the deal.
Apparently, the Catalan club are not allowed to sign any more Liverpool players for a certain amount of time. This period of time is thought to be 2 years, meaning there will no be approaches from Barca before 2020.
If Barcelona are to be interested in a Liverpool player within that time-frame and want to pull off a transfer they will have to pay an extra £90 million on top of the transfer fee demanded by the Reds to secure the services of the player.
If true, it would mean that the reports linking Sadio Mane to the La Liga champions earlier in the summer were likely false, and despite Mane not signing a new deal so far, for the foreseeable future Liverpool and their fans can rest assured that their players won’t be targeted by Barcelona for a while.
This clause entered into the deal would be another great piece of initiative from Michael Edwards, as over the years several key players, namely Javier Mascherano and Luis Suarez, as well as Coutinho, have swapped Anfield for Camp Nou.
Paul Joyce of The Times has had his say too.
Barcelona will have to pay a 100million Euros premium in addition to any transfer fee should they try and sign another Liverpool player before 2020.
The clause was negotiated by sporting director Michael Edwards as part of Philippe Coutinho’s £142million move. @TimesSport
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) November 21, 2018