Manchester United are reportedly ready to secure the services of FC Barcelona’s record signing Philippe Coutinho, as the Brazilian is failing to make justice to his fee, after being unable to find a suitable position in the starting line-up.
The Brazilian is struggling, as his position in the Catalan outfit’s roster is under scrutiny of media, critics and board officials. The former Liverpool star, who was a top notch Reds striker at Anfield, now seems like a shadow of his bright past at Camp Nou.
With days going by, the pressure on the Brazilian #11 increases on a daily basis. With with the arrival confirmation of Ajax starlet Frenkie De Jong, who will be joining the side in the summer, Philippe Coutinho finds himself in a tight position in the Barca squad.
Moreover, the Brazilian is being out performed by young guns such as Arthur Melo, who joined this season from Grêmio and World Cup winner Ousmane Dembélé for featuring as starters. Although, Barcelona’s manager Ernesto Valverde is giving him chances to silence the critics with his trademark performances, the Brazilian is somehow not being able to deliver on the expectations.
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With failure, Philippe Coutinho is now reportedly plotting an exit from Camp Nou as he issued a come-and-get-me plea to the Red Devils, with his career in jeopardy.
But who is the real loser in this transfer saga? Liverpool F.C.
It might seem that FC Barcelona will be on the losing end of this transfer saga, but instead, it’s the Merseyside rivals, who sold the Brazilian for £142m to Spain. According to the Mirror, the Anfield club could lose out on a potential ‘£17.6million‘ if the current Barcelona #7 departs.
For every 25 La Liga appearances Philippe Coutinho makes, Liverpool reportedly earn £4.4m up to 100 appearances . So, the 26-year-old’s departure from the Catalan club in the summer could cost Liverpool £8.8m of appearance bonuses. Plus, if the former Liverpool striker doesn’t play another seven La Liga games this season, taking his game tally up to 50, then Liverpool could lose out on a further £4.4m.
Although, Liverpool will most certainly earn the £4.4m owed, should Barcelona qualify for next season’s Champions League with the Catalans surely doing so being the current table toppers. Moreover, they could also make another £4.4m if Barcelona wins the Champions League. Nevertheless, the clause will no longer be valid if they fail to win the UCL this season and Philippe Coutinho departs for Old Trafford.
If the transfer rumour ends up as a reality, then who is the winner? Manchester United
Looking at the level of this transfer coverage, it seems evident that the Red Devils will do everything within their power to secure the services of a striker, who has got a stellar history of performances in the English Premier League.
With a potential £110m switch to Old Trafford, United will definitely eye a transfer for a player, who has scored 7 goals and assisted 6 times while appearing for one half of last year’s EPL season for arch-rivals Liverpool. In addition to that, the Red Devils will get a player who has experienced the Italian Serie-A, the English Premier League and the Spanish LaLiga at the prime of his career.
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This would enrich their roster with the presence of a promising starter who can help them with both the domestic season as well as the European nights. Philippe Coutinho, also having the ability to play the role of a False 9, his’s arrival will be an icing on the cake for every Red Devil fan, as it will be a moment of betrayal for the Red fans.
If this transfer is completed successfully, it’s hard to imagine any Liverpool fan being happy about their old hero moving to Old Trafford. Featuring in the iconic Red Devils jersey would make them even less happier with the fact that their club will lose out on millions if he leaves Camp Nou.
It won’t be a surprise for Philippe Coutinho to receive a hostile welcome when he comes back to the Anfield, this time as an United player. Many Liverpool fans have already refused the return of Coutinho. The completion of this transfer is expected to raise the flame of hatred between the fan-groups of both the teams.
Meanwhile on the other side, FC Barcelona will be looking forward to this transfer as it will be a huge financial boost for the Catalan outfit, along with availability of space for the arrival of new youngsters. Coutinho’s transfer will provide more space and opportunities to young guns like De Jong and Arthur Melo.
The money would further help Barcelona secure the services of another Ajax youngster, Matthijs de Ligt and give the 19-year-old a chance to re-unite with his former team mate, Frenkie De Jong.
Although, this news is just a transfer rumour for the moment, but looking at the current scenario of both the player and the clubs involved, it is expected that the transfer will end up successfully. Meanwhile, on the other hand, the Liverpool fans hope for the opposite as they would want to avoid a nightmare of seeing their old sung hero feature for their rivals, which will be nothing short of a heartbreak.