Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Barcelona 'would have to pay extra £89m for Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino'

Barcelona 'would have to pay extra £89m for Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino'

It is this aggressive transfer policy of club that is cited as one of the reasons, why Liverpool had made a decision to insert a three year clause in the Coutinho deal, in order to prevent their interests against the lure of Barcelona, Sportreports.

Since a year has passed since the deal was completed, Barcelona would have to wait another 2 years to sign further players from the Reds, at least if reports are to be believed.

Liverpool's sporting director Michael Edwards struck an agreement with Barcelona during the sale of Philippe Coutinho, forbidding them from buying a Reds player until 2020.

A figure that would make him the most expensive signing in history. Liverpool were well compensated for letting go of their star player but wanted to ensure that Barca did not come sniffing around for another of their stars for the foreseeable future.

The news should quell reports in Spain which have suggested Barcelona are interested in a move for Sadio Mane, who is now involved in talks about an improved contract at Anfield.

The La Liga champions would have to pay an extra £89m on top of any transfer fee if they did try to lure a Liverpool star away.

Since his arrival at the Nou Camp Coutinho has blown hot and cold.

The Brazilian midfielder joined the Catalan side at the start of this year for a staggering £142 million, following the likes of Luis Suarez and, previously, Javier Mascherano.

Barcelona leads the Spanish league with 24 points, one point ahead of Athletico Madrid, which is in third place on goal differential behind Sevilla.

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