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Barca, Man United & PSG... Which club has made biggest mark-ups by selling key players

Despite losing their prized asset this week, it wasn't all doom and gloom for Liverpool following Philippe Coutinho's sensational move to Barcelona.

The Brazilian's dream £145million move to the Spanish giants has seen the Reds make a tidy profit on a player they signed from Inter Milan in 2013.
With Coutinho relatively unknown at the time, Brendan Rodgers parted with £8.5m to sign the Brazilian and he went on to become a fans' favourite at Anfield.

Five years after his arrival and Liverpool's bank balance is now £145m heavier — but they aren't the only club who can boast a huge mark-up.
In fact, Barcelona won't worry too much about forking out on Coutinho as they made an even larger profit when selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain last summer.
So, which other clubs have been involved in the biggest transfer profits? And who tops the list? Here, let us take a look at some of the biggest mark-ups.

Santos – Barcelona £49m (2013)
Barcelona – PSG - £198m (2017)
Seasons spent at Barcelona: Four
Mark up = £149m
Neymar's world-record move to the French giants at the beginning of this season unsurprisingly contributed to a huge profit for Barcelona.
The Spanish giants didn't exactly buy the Brazilian superstar cheaply, parting with £49m to prise him away from Santos in 2013.
But after selling him for a whopping £198m to the big-spending Ligue 1 side, Barca made a heft £149m. They got their money's worth on the pitch, too — with the Brazil star winning two La Liga titles and the Champions League in Spain.

Inter – Liverpool £8.5m (2013)
Liverpool – Barcelona £145m (2018)
Seasons spent at Liverpool: Five
Mark up = £136.5m
The Brazil international signed from Inter Milan in 2013 for £8m and has gone on to become one of the most exciting players in world football.
Liverpool were desperate to keep hold of their main man, turning down three bids from the Spanish side in the summer.
But Coutinho finally completed his dream move this week, making Liverpool a tidy profit of £136.5m with all the add-ons.


Manchester United – Juventus free (2012)
Juventus – Manchester United £89m (2016)
Seasons spent at Juventus: Four
Mark-up = £89m
Paul Pogba decided to leave Old Trafford in search of regular football in 2012, having struggled to break into the first-team at Manchester United.
He certainly fulfilled that objective, becoming an integral part of Juventus while helping them to four successive Serie A titles.
The Frenchman returned to United for £89m at the beginning of last season, meaning the Italians made a massive profit on a player they signed for free.

Rennes – Borussia Dortmund £13.5m (2016)
Borussia Dortmund – Barca £94.5m (2017)
Seasons spent at Dortmund: One
Mark up = £81m
Dortmund took just one season, in which Dembele compiled 10 goals and 20 assists in all competitions, to make around seven and a half times what they paid as Barca sought to offset the loss of Neymar.
A significant proportion went to his former club Rennes, however, as their 25 per cent sell-on fee on the France winger surpassed their record fee received.


Southampton – Tottenham £10m (2007)
Tottenham – Real Madrid £86m (2013)
Seasons spent at Tottenham: Seven
Mark-up = £76m
Southampton could have been in a similar situation to Rennes, having negotiated a 25 per cent sell-on fee when Bale moved to Spurs for an initial £5m plus add-ons.
Saints, then in League One and in financial peril, reportedly wrote off the future clauses in exchange for between £2m and £3m plus Tottenham youth-team goalkeeper Tommy Forecast.
Bale's then world-record move to Real Madrid in 2013 would have netted his formative club over £21m — they received barely a tenth of that, plus a keeper who never made an appearance for them, as Spurs netted £76m in profit.

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