Philippe Coutinho took a huge pay cut in order to join Barcelona and it has been revealed now, one month after he completed his move to Camp Nou.
Barcelona finally bought an end to one of the biggest transfer sagas of all time after they completed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool. The transfer was completed after months of negotiations and three failed bids in summer. The transfer also broke the record for the highest fee ever received by an English team, with Barcelona paying around €120 Million up front and the remaining €40 Million in add-ons for the former Liverpool man.
The playmaker has always made it clear that it was his dream to play for Barcelona – and the extent of his desire to move meant that he was prepared to lose some money. The Brazilian has always expressed his wish to join Barcelona, after signing for Barcelona, he said: “Yes, it was always a big dream of mine, ever since I was very young, because of the club’s history, because of the club’s greatness. It was always my dream to wear the Barça shirt and today I’m here and I’m very happy.”
Coutinho took a pay cut, just as Javier Mascherano and Luis Suarez had to when they completed their respective moves to Camp Nou. When quizzed about Coutinho taking a pay cut, Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre said: “Yes, he made a big economic effort, like Mascherano and Luis Suarez in their day. This shows the desire they have to play at Barca.”
Joan Verdu (ex-Espanyol) "Coutinho is a great player. At that level, players adapt quickly. He knows elite football, he knows the city and he will integrate easily and adapt to Valverde's system." [sport]
— FC Barcelona Fl (@FCBarcelonaFl) February 3, 2018
A huge void was left, when Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain for a world record fee of £198 Million in August. However, despite bringing in Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho is ultimately the delayed replacement for Neymar. But Mestre says that the club have now coped with Neymar’s departure and everyone in the club is happy with the direction they are going in.
Speaking to Sport, Jordi Mestre said: “It was a little earthquake because the trident was gone, and Valverde, who had just arrived, would be left without him. But everyone did a great job, we didn’t lose our nerve or go mad.”
This huge act clearly shows his passion for sporting that Blaugrana jersey on his body. The Brazilian would be a huge success at Barcelona. Coutinho’s style of football and his passion to wear the Blaugrana jersey will hopefully see him fit well in Barcelona’s squad.