Barcelona’s 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich last Friday night could be made worse if Philippe Coutinho goes on and lifts the Champions League with the German side.
Should that occur, the Blaugrana would have to pay Liverpool five million euros as it meets one of the add-ons included in the Brazilian’s 140 million euro move from Anfield to the Camp Nou.
This information comes from The Daily Mail, who state that Barcelona did not believe this five million euro fee to be excessive as they thought that Coutinho would help bring the Champions League trophy to Catalonia, which would bring with it a significant financial reward.
What Barcelona never thought is that Coutinho could win the Champions League as one of their players but whilst wearing another team’s shirt, which seems a viable possibility given Bayern’s performances in Europe this season.
Everything has gone wrong for Los Cules in this deal, with the latest example being Coutinho coming on to score two goals and provide an assist at a point in the game when the Germans had already secured their place in the semi-finals.
Now Barcelona must decide what to do with the 28-year-old as Bayern will not execute their 120 million euro option to buy him and he will therefore return to the Camp Nou.
The Blaugrana hope to sell Coutinho this summer and Arsenal are one team interested in him, with talks already underway with the Gunners.