Philippe Coutinho has Barcelona in check. The Brazilian, who is on loan to Bayern Munich, could eliminate the Barça team from the Champions League. It would be a new chapter of this bizarre signing that is on the way to becoming one of the great failures in the market by Barcelona.
Coutinho arrived in Barcelona at the beginning of 2018. He was a star signing for which the technical secretariat, then commanded by Robert Fernández, had been fighting for a year. It was an operation that seemed impossible and that could only be unraveled by the payment of 120 million fixed plus another 40 in variables to Liverpool.
The Brazilian became the most expensive signing in the history of Barcelona , but from then on it was all problems. He did not find his place in the scheme of Valverde’s team. Unable to take off, Coutinho was sinking into a sadness that did not go unnoticed by anyone. The club, faced with this situation, decided to get rid of him.
Bayern obtained the loan of the midfielder by paying 8.5 million and with a purchase option valued at 120. As in Barcelona, Coutinho did not stand out. It failed to gain a place in the eleven of the Bavarian team and Bayern soon decided that it would not enforce that clause .
Coutinho should have returned to Barcelona on June 30, but due to the pandemic and the lengthening of the competitions, he could not do so. The result is that he was given an extension until the end of the competitions and he is still there at Bayern. In Can Barça, nobody wants to think that the tie would be resolved by a goal from the Brazilian . It would be a very hard blow. It will not be easy because he is not a starter at Bayern, although Coman’s presumable loss gives him more options to play.
And all this happens when nobody knows where he will play next season. Barcelona tried to place it before June 30 in order to deposit money they needed. But nobody was willing to pay the 80 million that Barça wanted. For less than that amount he would have lost money on the operation. Now, the technical secretariat continues looking for a destination. Seen as the market is, the sale seems impossible so the most likely recourse will be a new assignment.