It seems Barcelona are set to have a big loss if they sell the Brazilian.
Philippe Coutinho’s career was expected to take a big step when he joined Barcelona a year ago. A year later it seems he has hit at rock bottom at Nou Camp. Coutinho has fallen behind the likes of Arturo Vidal and Arthur. World Cup winner Ousmane Dembele is also picked ahead of the Brazilian. He has been linked with a move to Old Trafford in summer. It seems a move in the summer is imminent for Coutinho. Coutinho joined Barcelona for
€140million and it seems his news transfer value is revealed.
Philippe Coutinho’s transfer value has dropped significantly, according to football market boffins. The Barcelona playmaker was reportedly a target of Manchester United in the January transfer window, with suggestions that they could also make an effort to sign him this summer. And if new figures are to go by, United might be able to sign him at a somewhat reasonable price. Barcelona paid €140million (£120m) for his services from Liverpool in January 2018, but he has struggled to make as big of an impact in La Liga as was previously hoped. Eight goals in all competitions is a far cry from the form that earned Coutinho a £142m move to Barcelona in the first place.
He’s looked sapped of confidence in recent months as a result of playing so badly, time spent on the bench and some rather harsh reviews from the Spanish press. Lluis Mascaro of Catalan newspaper Sport recently said that nothing is working for Coutinho and there are no excuses for his form. “Coutinho has been at Barca for a year now and is only getting worse,” Mascaro wrote. “Worse and worse. Unjustifiable for a player that cost €150m. The most expensive signing in the history of the club. Not even [Lionel] Messi’s support, [Ernesto] Valverde’s therapy and [Josep Maria] Bartomeu’s advice can fix him” In response to all the speculation about his future at Barcelona, Coutinho said in January that he doesn’t know what will happen. “Nobody knows what will happen in the future,” said the Brazilian. “All I have in my head right now is to work hard.”
But now Transfermarkt, a website dedicated to football number crunching, believe that Coutinho’s transfer value has dropped to €100m (£86m). Despite Coutinho’s struggles, Barce chief Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that the club will be patient with him. Speaking to Radio Kanal Barcelona, he said: “The club has taken another path, with Dembele and Coutinho, it was a bet that must be followed. They are the two biggest investments in the history of the club in signings and we trust 100 per cent in this bet.”
The only club smiling right now after Coutinho’s fall seems to be Liverpool. The Reds seems to have struck a sweet a year ago. However, Barcleona should have patience if they want the best out of Coutinho.