Liverpool could pocket another £4.5m from Philippe Coutinho’s Barcelona return

Liverpool may be hoping Philippe Coutinho returns to Barcelona this summer, despite interest from other Premier League clubs.

The Brazilian's loan deal at Bayern Munich has ran its course, with the German club happy for him to return to Spain.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the financial implications that come with it, clubs are not spending at will.

A loan deal for Coutinho could arise from the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham in the coming weeks.

But a stay at Barcelona under new boss Ronald Koeman looks most likely of all, which could bolster Jurgen Klopp's transfer kitty.

Spanish outlet Sport report 15 more appearances for the La Liga side will mean another clause of his £142m Liverpool deal is met, giving Liverpool a further £4.5m.

Coutinho has played 76 times for Barcelona and needs to play more than 90 for the further sum to be added to the Reds' budget.

The Nou Camp side paid £108.6m upfront, two payments of £4.5m for reaching the Champions League quarter-finals and then five sums of £4.5m each per 15 appearance.

And it looks like new boss Koeman wants to keep player at Barcelona.

"Koeman called him right after the Champions League victory with Bayern, the following day, and told him he's very much in his plans and would like him to return," Coutinho's agent Kia Joorabchian said.

"He was due to return on September 7 but actually he returned at the beginning of September because he didn't want to lose his momentum and fitness, and he's been training with Barcelona.

"All signs point to the fact Barcelona have changed quite dramatically, the way their philosophy of how they wanted to move forward from last year and the players they've brought in, like Coutinho, (Ousmane) Dembele and (Antoine) Griezmann, they're all going to be part of the squad this year."

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Having said that, Coutinho has been clear that nothing is yet decided, and admitted that he might not return to Barcelona even though his contract doesn’t expire until the summer of 2023.

"I haven't thought about this. I have to go back and I want to work hard to have a great year," he told Movistar+.

"I don't know if [it will be] in Barcelona."

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