Philippe Coutinho was bought by FC Barcelona for a hefty fee of £142 million back in January, 2018. Since then Coutinho didn’t make that much impact in the team’s performance and was quite forcibly loaned to Bayern Munich at the start of this season.
Coutinho who is a veteran midfielder was made a left-winger in the time of Ernesto Valverde’s coaching days. Though he might feel Coutinho fit well as a winger but it was not, he struggled mostly playing along with Saurez and Messi.
The Brazilian spent most of his days in Liverpool playing naturally as a CAM and it gave Liverpool the glory which Barcelona were craving for after his arrival to Camp Nou. Coutinho played one and a half season mostly as a winger and was seen many times being replaced by Dembele.
Now that Valverde has departed the Blaugranas, things are changing under the new coach Quique Setien. Even though the 61-year old is trying his best to improve Barcelona’s style of play but the injuries of both Saurez and Dembele is hurting Barcelona the most.
Barcelona lost against Valencia recently by 2-0 and barely managed to win against the third tier Ibiza. Both the matches were very frustrating for the coach and the board, rumours were round that the Blaugranas are looking for a new number 9 as Luis Saurez has been ruled out for four months.
Now it seems the talks between Rodrigo, Aubameyang have broken down and new leaks suggests Barca is planning to bring back their costly Brazilian to strengthen their squad. Being loaned to the German giant, the clause stated that if Bayern wants then they can buy Coutinho permanently for £120 million.
Bayern have stated that they aren’t willing to pay for the Brazilian which means he would likely return back after this season. So, instead of hunting for a new CF, Barcelona wants to bring their costly Brazilian and work under the new coach.
Quique Setien is a huge admirer of Coutinho and even though it might be tough for Barca to get back their player in the mid season of the loan but it will surely be easier than getting a good CF in the coming days of this ending January transfer window.
If the Brazilian comes back to Camp Nou it will be interesting to see him working under Quique and how he will adapt to his style of play and what role he actually gets in the team. It is being said he will be back in the coming days before the transfer window ends.
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