The German manager insisted his club did “everything” in its power to try and convince the attacking midfielder that his future remained on Merseyside, but that the player was “insistent with me, the owners, and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.”
“It is with great reluctance that we – as a team and club – prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Philippe Coutinho,” Klopp’s statement began.
“It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July, when Barcelona first made their interest known.”
The reported cost of the deal is an initial £105 million. The fee would then bloat to £142 million (€160 million) after the following payments:
- £17 million after Coutinho plays 100 matches for Barcelona
- £4.4 million for Champions League qualification in each of his first two seasons
- £4.4 million if Barcelona wins the Champions League
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