Barcelona have a headache with the situation surrounding Philippe Coutinho. The Catalans want to let go of the Brazilian in the summer but are struggling to find takers for the asking price.
The Blaugranas loaned him out to Bayern Munich earlier this season with an option to buy him for €120million. However, he hasn’t impressed enough for the Bavarians to trigger the option, leaving the Catalans stranded.
The Camp Nou outfit want €80million to sell the player but are not finding possible suitors. Meanwhile, the Catalans, according to Marca, owe €75million in amortization fees and are aware of the possibility that they might not be able to get a profit out of the sale of the Brazilian.
Barcelona are ready to sell up to eight players this summer to get funds. Griezmann, Rakitić, Vidal, Umtiti, Neto, Braithwaite, Coutinho and Aleñá could all leave. [sport] pic.twitter.com/TfmCCo4jAK— barcacentre (@barcacentre) March 25, 2020
As a result, the best scenario for the Catalans right now is to loan him for another year, which would then see his amortization fee drop to €50million and then Barca could sell him for a fee higher than that.
The Brazilian joined Barcelona in the winter window of 2018 for a reported fee of around €160million. The move didn’t go as planned, however, as the midfielder found it difficult to adjust to the surroundings at the Camp Nou.
And now, with Barcelona wanting to sell him, it seems as though the decision to sign him with so much money was a flawed one in the first place.