Barcelona flop Coutinho finally makes decision to leave Camp Nou

Date published: Friday 7th June 2019 8:32 - Matthew Briggs

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Barcelona flop Philippe Coutinho has told the LaLiga champions he wants to leave after just 18 months at the Camp Nou, according to Cadena SER.

Coutinho’s £142million move to Barcelona has not all gone to plan, with just five goals and two assists from 34 appearances in a title-winning side in his first full season.

His underwhelming form has led to speculation that he could be on his way out of the Camp Nou this summer after only one campaign with Chelsea and Manchester United heavily linked.

While Spanish publication Sport this week claimed that PSG are the only club that can match the financial obligations of a deal for Coutinho with Barcelona demanding a fee of £98million and the player wanting £10.6million wages.

However, Cadena SER claim Barca value Coutinho at around €90million and suggest that even that fee will not have many teams interested.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner speaking to the Liverpool Echo before Liverpool’s bid to win a sixth European Cup, claimed that Coutinho probably regrets his January 2018 move to Spain.

He said: “I would just point to the story of Philippe Coutinho. I have only good things to say about Philippe. But I think he left Liverpool because he wanted to play for one of the two big Spanish clubs.

“We tried to convince him that we had the club moving in the right direction and that he could experience big Champions League occasions by staying at Liverpool.

“I think he probably regrets his decision.”

Philippe Coutinho TEAMtalk

Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona – a transfer which Coutinho’s agent says will have no effect of his man’s position at Camp Nou.

Andrea Bertolucci told AS last month: “It’s untrue that Griezmann is going to replace Philippe at Barcelona.

“I don’t know why they are saying that. I don’t know about that and that’s why I don’t want to talk anymore, but it’s false.”

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