Why Philippe Coutinho WILL Move to Barcelona this Summer
After constantly impressing throughout the last 18 months, Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move to Barcelona this summer. The Liverpool star is a unique talent and a space has opened up at Camp Nou now that Xavi has hung up his boots.
Reds supporters will be hoping that the 23-year-old chooses to remain at Anfield but it’s hard to imagine Coutinho turning down a move to the defending European champions – especially if Liverpool miss out on Champions League football this season.
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If Liverpool continue to falter, a move away from Anfield is a genuine possibility – especially if Barcelona defend their Champions League title. Just imagine Coutinho lined up behind fellow Brazilian Neymar, Luis Suarez and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi…
Ultimately, Coutinho is too good for what is a mediocre Liverpool side. Yes, the Reds have improved since Jurgen Klopp took over at Anfield but they are still a very average team. Without Coutinho, they have struggled to inspire confidence this season and at times, they have relied on their Brazilian maestro too often.
For Coutinho to stay, Liverpool need to do two things: firstly, they need to give him a contract extension. At the end of the day, money talks – and that may just be the incentive that he needs to continue his fine form at Anfield. Secondly, they HAVE to finish in the top four this season OR win the Europa League.
Without Champions League football, the Brazilian is out the door – and rightly so. With many of Europe’s elite clubs after him, there will be a fight for Coutinho’s signature but his style of play would suit Barcelona more than anybody else. And if you believe reports, the Camp Nou is Coutinho’s ideal landing spot too.
In a few months, we will have clarity on Coutinho’s situation. For now, many Liverpool fans seem to believe he will stay at Anfield but it’s hard to predict. In football, you never know and if Barcelona or Real Madrid come knocking, there’s no way he will turn them down. In fact, he would welcome a move with open arms – especially to La Blaugrana.
Coutinho is a world class talent and world class talents play for world class sides. Unfortunately for the Reds, that means he is likely to move on. Realistically, only a lucrative contract and Champions League football will convince the 23-year-old Brazilian to stay – and both are unlikely to occur in the near future.
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