BARCELONA – Barcelona is studying the viability of transferring Philippe Coutinho during the winter market that will open on January 1 and whose final decision, in case of finding a club interested in his purchase, must be left to the winning candidate of the elections that must be held on the 24th of the first month of 2021. The news, advanced by the newspaper ARA, was confirmed to ESPN by various sources, with some of the candidates in the electoral process knowing the intentions of the manager led by Carles Tusquets.
Signed in January 2018 to Liverpool for 145 million euros (counting the fixed price plus the variables that the Barça club has already had to pay and that could go up to 160), Coutinho has a contract with Barça until June 2023, for what for budgetary purposes a transfer should be estimated at at least 60 million to avoid accounting for losses … But economically, the operation would have an immediate positive effect considering the considerable savings that it would entail for the salary, higher than the gross 24 million, which it has annually the Brazilian.
Tusquets, who a week after taking office already warned of the “problematic” economic situation of Barcelona and made it clear that only “if it is sold can it be bought in the transfer window”. The manager she directs does not have the power according to the statutes to make executive decisions and although the situation is similar to what happened in 2015, when Barça signed Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal under the command of interim president Ramon Adell, those operations were they did with the agreement of the then candidates and, also, with the condition that the president who won the elections could cancel the operation. What finally did not happen with the victory of Bartomeu.
Now it would be the winning candidate in the January 24 elections who should officially carry out Coutinho’s operation, and any other that could occur, once he has taken command of the club. The decision, however, must have the final approval of Ronald Koeman.
Back at the beginning of this season after his assignment to Bayern Munich, the Brazilian began the season with the label of essential in the plans of the Dutch coach and with a more than acceptable performance, which was nipped in the bud after his injury during the Classic against to Real Madrid and from which he has not recovered the sensations.
After spending three weeks on leave, his re-entry to the team did not meet expectations and both the emergence of Pedri, which surprised the most optimistic, and the economic needs of the club have put Coutinho back on stage, considering a possible transfer as a of the most feasible solutions in this difficult financial situation suffered by the Barça entity.