Barcelona would have to pay more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane from Liverpool due to ‘Coutinho clause’
Barcelona would have to pay Liverpool more than £200m to sign Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane due to a ‘Coutinho clause’.
The last time Liverpool did business with Barcelona was in January 2017 when Philippe Coutinho swapped Anfield for the Camp Nou in a £142m deal.
It looks unlikely that Salah or Mane will join Barcelona
Liverpool spent that money on Virgil van Dijk and Alisson who shored up their defence as Jurgen Klopp’s side won the Champions League and are now just four wins away from their first Premier League title.
After losing players such as Javier Mascherano and Luis Suarez to Barcelona, the Reds negotiated a deal during the sale of Coutinho that would force the Catalan giants to pay a premium over any other club hopeful of signing their star players, according to the Mirror.
Reports in Spain suggest the premium stands at £89m, meaning Barcelona would have to pay this on top of the agreed transfer fee.
Salah and Mane are in fine form so far this season, with the pair netting 28 goals between them and Transfermarkt estimates the value of them at £135m each, making them Liverpool’s two most expensive players.
So Barcelona would have to pay £225m with the premium applied to sign either one of Liverpool’s most prolific goal scorers who were part of a three-way tie for the Premier League golden boot last season with Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Mane has been linked with Bayern Munich and Real Madrid but speaking to Norwegian broadcaster TV2 he revealed he loves life at Anfield.
He said: “I am very happy to be part of this great club and I enjoy it.m
“Hopefully I stay here forever. I’ve been to some clubs around the world, but Liverpool is unique. It’s like a family.
The clause is in play until the end of 2021, after which normal rules will apply and Barcelona will be looking to tempt Liverpool’s players to the Camp Nou again.