Barça must take out his calculator. In debt, the Blaugrana club must lead a clever transfer window while managing to degrease at the best price. For the first part, the mission seems accomplished since the Culés mainly attracted free players, including Sergio Agüero, Memphis Depay and Eric Garcia. The second objective is more difficult to achieve. Indeed, the great summer laundry hoped for by Joan Laporta and his teams is struggling to get into place.
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The suitors don’t jostle each other
Some files seem more than ever to be at a standstill, which worries internally. At the top of the list, we also find the one concerning Philippe Coutinho. It’s no secret that the Camp Nou residents are trying to get rid of the Brazilian. Bought for 120 million euros, plus 40 bonus, in January 2018, the former Liverpool player has never really convinced in Catalonia. Ditto in Bavaria during his year on loan at Bayern Munich.
The Germans had not exercised his € 120 million purchase option, they who had obtained a paying loan of € 8.5 million. A formula that Barça would have liked to put in place this summer to facilitate the departure of the international Auriverde. This is what explainsEsportiu this Thursday. Catalan media reveal that the leaders, who are willing to accept various formulas allowing them to get rid of the player, are pessimistic. The 29-year-old, who is recovering from his knee injury contracted on December 30, is not really arousing envy.
Barça is resigned
His name has however been linked to Everton, Arsenal and Leicester this summer. And that was good because, in the event of departure, his priority was to return to the Premier League. But’Esportiu explains that no proposal has arrived at Barça so far. Information confirmed by AS, which explains that Barça were not approached for a loan or a transfer. In addition to his physical problems (he is recovering from his third operation in Brazil) and his price which would remain high (50M €), his impressive salary (between 10 and 12 € per year), one of the highest in Catalonia. , rejects the few clubs at the time.
To make matters worse, the Catalan media assures that Coutinho does not intend to give any gifts and will only leave on financial terms similar to those he has at Barça. For all these reasons, the Blaugranas are convinced that the footballer under contract until 2023 will stay this season. “We don’t have too many midfielders. For the moment, he remains and we hope that he will prove his level “, has also entrusted a close friend of the club to theEsportiu. Barça, who are still hoping for a departure, seem resigned at the moment …