Barcelona: Liverpool set charge of €100m as part of Philippe Coutinho deal

FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and Phillippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho is the world's third most expensive player

Barcelona must pay 100m euros (£89m) on top of a transfer fee if they try to sign a Liverpool player before 2020.

BBC Sport understands the deal was struck as part of Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho's £142m move to Barcelona in January.

Coutinho, 26, joined former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez at the Nou Camp after he moved in 2014 for £75m.

According to The Times, the extra charge was brokered by Liverpool's sporting director Michael Edwards.external-link

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano also made the move from Liverpool to Barcelona, doing so in 2010 for £17.25m.

Barcelona originally wanted to sign Coutinho in August 2017 following the departure of Neymar to Paris St-Germain but were forced to wait until January after Liverpool initially refused to let the Brazilian leave.

Coutinho has five goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season.

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