Nobody wants Coutinho from Barcelona
Barcelona is beginning to believe that no team, not even Bayern Munich, is interested in signing the Brazilian playmaker, even on loan, as he did two seasons ago.
Philippe Coutinho’s recuperation at home in Brazil continues. The Barcelona player was hurt on December 30th and has been out of commission for far longer than the club’s medical staff anticipated. Coutinho, the most expensive signing in Barça history, appears to be in line for a new contract at Camp Nou, since the club believes no one else will step in with a bid for him.
The rehabilitation of Coutinho
Coutinho tore the external meniscus in his left knee in the Week 16 match against Eibar and had surgery in Brazil at the start of the new year. He continued his treatment in Qatar a few months later, but without making any progress, after a lengthy therapy process during which the ache in his knee persisted. He returned to Brazil for a second procedure in the hopes of making the Copa América roster, but he was not selected.
Coutinho only appeared in 12 games for Barcelona last season, scoring two goals in the process. Given his predicament, it’s not surprising that he has found no takers on the transfer market.
According to today’s edition of L’Esportiu, Barcelona’s Technical Secretary has basically accepted that no offers for Countinho are likely to come in at all, implying that he will spend the next season at Barça.
He is one of the highest-paid players in the first team and does not appear to be interested in joining a new club where he would be forced to take a pay cut. Barcelona has roughly 50 million euros left to pay off Countinho’s debts and the possibility of selling him.