Barcelona and Liverpool reportedly have an agreement prohibiting the Catalans from signing Reds players until 2021 as part of the Philippe Coutinho deal.
According to Cadena Ser Liverpool insisted on such a clause. However, the clause can be broken if the Reds actively try to sell a player themselves. Mohamed Salah is said to be a target who can’t make the switch to the Camp Nou unless the British side want to move him on.
Coutinho made the switch to Barcelona in January after months of speculation leading up to the deal, and the Catalans made a poor impression in the process. Some of the club’s players spoke openly about wanting to play with Coutinho before signing, including Ivan Rakitic in an interview with Sky Sports.
It marked the second time in just a few years the Spanish champions landed Liverpool’s biggest star, with Luis Suarez making the switch after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
According to the Mirror (h/t Anfield HQ) the two teams are set to battle in the transfer market again and are looking at Ajax starlet Matthijs de Ligt
Roberto Firmino is said to be a target for the Blaugrana, and last month OK Diario‘s Eduardo Inda eported Barcelona were planning a move for the former Hoffenheim star this summer.
Such a transfer would be impossible if the clause is in place, as Firmino is a key player the Reds would not be looking to move on anytime soon.
He signed a new contract in April, suggesting he has no interest in leaving in the near future.