Aston Villa will actually pay 100% of Philippe Coutinho’s salary during his six-month loan after Barcelona’s head coach Xavi confirmed he had agreed to lower his salary.
Villa have finalized a deal to keep Coutinho for the rest of the season, with a call option of £ 33 million, and it was initially thought to pay anywhere from 50% to 85% of his salary, while Barcelona paid the rest.
However, Xavi confirmed at his press conference ahead of Barça’s match with Granada that Coutinho had agreed to lower his salary before returning to England, with reports indicating that he has received a 35% reduction, meaning Villa will be the only team that pays him.
“It says a lot about him that he wanted to leave,” Xavi told the assembled media. “He has seen that it has cost him to have minutes in Barça, he wants to succeed and has sought a solution. He is a fantastic professional, his salary has been reduced.”
Barcelona have tried to persuade all members of their team to lower their salaries in the wake of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and although most had agreed to do so, there are several players who have not.
Coutinho was initially one of them, but it seems that giving up part of his salary to join Villa was an action he was prepared to take.
Removing Coutinho’s salaries from the accounts is enormous for Barcelona, but more importantly, it is not yet considered sufficient for them to be able to register the new acquisition Ferran Torres.
Torres, who agreed to a fee that could reach 55 million pounds from Manchester City at the end of December, is currently away with Covid-19 and can not play anyway, which gives Barcelona a little more time to clear out the space that needed to register him.
Midfielder Samuel Umtiti is among the highest earners pushed towards the front door, while goalkeeper Neto is expected to leave Flamengo in the coming weeks.
Barcelona are also looking to cancel the loans from both Yusuf Demir and Luuk de Jong, and winger Ousmane Dembele can be allowed to leave if his ongoing contract permit continues.
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