Philippe Coutinho’s loan move from Barcelona to Bayern Munich will give Liverpool an immediate and substantial financial windfall.
The former Liverpool star is on the verge of swapping the Nou Camp for the Allianz Arena, with the German champions confirming that a deal had been agreed.
Coutinho will join Bayern on loan with an option to buy, and Liverpool are entitled to the whole of the loan fee of £18 million, because they are still owed money by the Spanish club from the sale of the 26-year old last January. Bayern will cover his entire wages of €12 million (£10 million), and will have the option to buy him for €120 million (£100 million) next year when the loan expires.
The Brazilian moved to Barcelona for a fee of £142 million in a deal that contained a number of clauses, one of which is about to yield Liverpool a substantial dividend.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.