JUST IN; Liverpool have £25m ready to complete Coutinho transfer

Liverpool already have the final £25million instalment for the sale of Philippe Coutinho in the bank despite what is detailed in Barcelona’s most recent set of accounts.

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That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the Catalan giants’ bill of outstanding transfer payments.

As relayed by The Sun last Monday (11 July), Barca owe £110m in transfer debt to 19 different clubs in total.

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The single biggest outstanding amount is £25m for 30-year-old Brazilian playmaker Coutinho, who left Liverpool for £142m in January 2018.

Coutinho recently left Camp Nou after four underwhelming seasons.

He signed Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa on a permanent basis after he spent the second half of the campaign there in 2021-22.

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Maguire claims that Liverpool will likely have gone through a creditor when negotiating with Barca in 2018 and will already have received the full payment for the former Anfield hero.

“Liverpool will have used a method known as invoice discounting,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

“If you’re owed a substantial amount by another party, you can go to a specialist lender who will provide you with the finance having done a risk assessment of the other party.

“This is common. Some of these relationships are secured on monies and some are unsecured.

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“But when Liverpool signed the deal with Barcelona, Barcelona’s credit rating will have been high. Clearly, it’s a lot lower now.

“But I think Liverpool have cashed in at the right time and therefore have paid a lower rate of interest.”

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