It is reported that Philippe Coutinho paid €10m of the €160m that Barcelona agreed with Liverpool to make him La Liga’s record purchase.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho made the gesture to ensure the transfer would go through, tying in with Jurgen Klopp’s claim that the Brazilian was ‘desperate’ to join the Blaugrana.
The newspaper adds the Brazilian attacker will undergo a medicalon Monday.
LFC were close to accepting Barça’s offer of €110m + €40m in variables, but Nike’s slip-up caused the club to ask for more fixed. Coutinho offered €15m, but it eventually came down to €10m.
The final agreement was €120m + €30m in variables + €10m from Coutinho, making him the most expensive player in the history of the club. The Brazilian also becomes the most expensive transfer made by any Spanish club. He joins on a five-and-a-half year contract with a buy-out clause of €400m. The Brazilian becomes the second most expensive footballer in history, after his compatriot Neymar, who left Barcelona for PSG in the summer for €222m.