Coutinho to be sidelined indefinitely?

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Phillipe Coutinho could be set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines as FC Barcelona reportedly look to avoid paying an appearance-based instalment fee to Liverpool.

Coutinho joined Barcelona in a club-record deal from Liverpool in 2018 which could rise to a figure of €162 million (R2.8 billion), of which a substantial portion is still said to be owed to the reigning Premier League champion. 

The Catalan giants will also have to pay Liverpool various figures upon certain milestones being achieved, such as appearance milestones, qualifying for Europe, and winning the UEFA Champions League.

According to Spanish journalist Javi Miguel h/t Daily Star, Barca will have to pay a sum of €5 million (R88 million) to the Reds after Coutinho has made seven more appearances, something which the club are said to want to avoid.

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The LaLiga giants are currently experiencing unprecedented financial difficulties as a result of soaring debts and reduced revenues, which have reportedly left the club teetering on the brink of insolvency.

Barca are thus said to be looking to avoid having to pay Liverpool the additional sum and could instruct head coach Ronald Koeman to leave Coutinho on the sidelines for the indefinite future.

The Brazilian star is currently recovering from a knee injury which has ruled him out until at least March, although he may well have played his last game for the season, and perhaps for the club, if the reports come to fruition.

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