Transfer Breakdown: Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona
With the deal now done, and the dust settling on what was a 6 month controversy, let’s break down the second biggest transfer deal in history.
Philippe Coutinho’s transfer to Barcelona was estimated to equal $192 million, and the reaction was rampant. The criticism started with how Coutinho’s camp handled the matter of getting the Brazilian out of Liverpool. Coutinho didn’t feature in the side during the summer transfer window, because the deal was nearly put in place but fell through. Coutinho’s camp continue to put out statements that the player was unsettled and wanted to make his dream move to Barcelona.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp eventually put Coutinho into the lineup and it paid off. Even with the results the team had, Coutinho played his part very well and kept Liverpool in contention despite the bad start they had through the first quarter of the season. Klopp will have plenty of money to spend on new players to fill the void. He’s already financed the big deal for Virgil Van Dijk, and the return investment should heed well.
Coutinho’s situation at Barcelona is very enticing. He can play in central and attacking midfield, along with attacking left wing. Barcelona have been playing a 4-4-2 formation since the departure of Neymar, who played attacking left wing. Barcelona traditionally play 4-3-3, so Coutinho could return to the left wing.
Liverpool’s benefit is the money coming back to them, as they can restore the team’s strength over the remainder of the transfer window and into the end of the season. Barcelona are taking the most risk in acquiring Coutinho, as they won’t know if he is the real deal. One would hope a club that would spend such an amount, plus give the player one of the most prestigious numbers in the club in #14, which was worn by the late Johan Cruyff, should garner a superstar.
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