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Barcelona will have to pay another €20 million to Liverpool soon

Udhav Arora

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There is little doubt that Barcelona’s record signing Philippe Coutinho has been a deal that the club has regretted, and will regret for a while. The Brazilian is yet to find consistent footing with Barcelona after an initial exciting six-month period. He was sent on loan to Bayern Munich, where he was quickly displaced by Thomas Muller – a man in the form of his life.

Coutinho was sent back to Barcelona after Bayern Munich refuse to buy Coutinho after their treble-winning season. He would have left again, only for Ronald Koeman to step in and block his move, claiming he had plans for the Brazilian in his squad.

After an initial impressive start, Coutinho has fallen off the horse, and down the pecking ladder, with 18-year-old Pedri ahead of him in the roster. Not only do Barcelona need to pay mammoth wages for the 28-year-old during a time of financial constraint, but they might also be forced to pay more out of their pocket.

According to a clause in Coutinho’s contract, once the Brazilian reaches 100 games for Barcelona, the club owes Liverpool an additional €20 million.

The club are due to play two more games this year, before the January transfer market opens, and Barcelona should look to offload Coutinho as soon as possible, because even a minuscule amount of €20 million is a huge dent for Barcelona in these trying times.

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Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.

According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.

And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.

Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.

When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.

But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.

Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.

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