Coutinho, player of the FC Barcelona


From star signing to celebrated sale: Coutinho's 'failure' at Barça

Published:12/05/2022 - 21:28h

Updated:12/05/2022 - 21:28h

FC Barcelona can perfectly tell the story of how to throw 160 million euros in the trash, with Philippe Coutinho, who was sold for six times less than what it cost

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Philppe Coutinho Is officially player of the Aston Villa. It has confirmed his traspaso definite from the FC Barcelona, that ingresa in his arks 20 million euros, 140 less than what paid by him in the winter of 2018, when it paid his signing from the Liverpool. The Brazilian sacks of the Camp Nou, of definite way, without penalties neither glories and with the label of failure.

'Cou' Arrived like a true pertinent star of Anfield, where had converted 54 goals and delivered 54 assistances in 201 parties. In the last years there was despuntado like a true 'crack' and the Barça decided ficharle like one of the two replacements of Neymar Jr (Dembélé, the another) by a record figure in the club: 120 million fixed euros more other 40 in variables. Only it remains by behind 'Ney' and Mbappé in the ranking.

It signed by five seasons and average, but leaves a year before by the rear door. Coutinho Did not achieve to fit in any moment in the picture blaugrana and was missing him step extra to be important in the team. It did not achieve it with Ernesto Valverde neither neither with Ronald Koeman or Xavi Hernández and goes with figures very poor for what expected of him: 26 goals and 13 assistances in 106 parties contested divided in two stages.

In the meantime, it turned into one of the better players paid of the staff, but did not find place and the Barça decided to put it in loan in the winter of 2019. It arrived to the Bayern of Munich and the Bavarian club did charge of his index card and, besides, credited eight million euros to the accounts of the club by his traspaso. With the German picture, marked two goals to the blaugrana the night of the fateful 2-8 in Lisbon. For I satisfy.

It returned in the summer of 2020 and in the pre-season, with Koeman in the bench, began to leave good feelings. It started with good foot, but the effect went dispelling very soon, until happening careless. The luck neither was of his side, is worth it to remember. To finals of December fell lesionado in the external meniscus of the left knee and happened was eight months.

A vicious cycle that found final

It took action in this season, but at all was equal. The Brazilian continued leaving doubts, causing that Koeman 'happened' of him... And afterwards Sergi Barjuán and Xavi Hernández. It arrived the point in which the situation was unsustainable and both parts understood that the most beneficial was to cut the relation by the healthy, with a cession to the Aston Villa in the market of wintry signings.

The Barça accepted to pay part of the wage of Coutinho (very different to his cession to the Bayern) and put an available clause of 40 million euros, mount that the Aston Villa considered excessive. Finally, from the Camp Nou accessed on sale by 20 'kilos'... Desperately to have this operation as 'positive' and that went in in this exercise.

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