Philipe Coutinho appeared so extraordinary when he was in Liverpool. He often becomes the mainstay of the team and often scores goals. His brilliant performance on the field of success attracted the interest of the Spanish giants, FC Barcelona. At that time, Barcelona had confirmed Coutinho’s transfer via social media and his official website. Coutinho has signed a 5.5-year contract with a release clause of 400 million euros.
Coutinho’s transfer success was welcomed by Barcelona. They are very confident that the 26-year-old will add power to the team from midfield.
However, the Brazilian’s performance was far from expectations. Purchased at a fantastic price, Philippe Coutinho currently looks like futile recruitment.
More days, Coutinho’s rays are getting dimmer. Quoted from WhoScored, Coutinho’s successful bait percentage only reached 87.8 percent, a relatively small number for players who played as attacking midfielders. Coutinho’s record even lost to Arturo Vidal who had a successful bait average of 89.6 percent. In fact, Vidal is a player who plays as a defensive midfielder.
Often used as a second choice, Coutinho began to feel difficult times in Barcelona. He often appears under the standard so he often receives scathing criticism from the coach.
This situation will make Coutinho reportedly leave the Camp Nou. The media began speculating that Coutinho would not last long in Barcelona. Some English clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea have even become the most interested parties with the services of this 172 cm tall man.
However, recently Coutinho revealed that he did not want to return to England. Then what really is the reason why Coutinho does not want to compete in the Premier League competition?
Some sources say that Coutinho was happy at Barca even though he was having an unwanted period. He wants to focus with his current club and considers returning to the Premier League, not including his plans. As quoted from Mirror, Coutinho commented,
“This is my second season here. I have won titles but I have always been an ambitious and demanding person, “
“So I want more and more. But I’m happy. I want to play in Spain and I’m in the best club in Spain. Returning to England is now not according to my plan. “
The next reason is Coutinho does not want to disappoint Liverpool. If returning to Liverpool is difficult for Coutinho, the Brazilian is better off or at least rejects all offers from England.
If Coutinho chooses one of the English team’s offers, then technically he will make the team stronger. They will also have key figures who know the strength of Liverpool well.
Not only related to technical matters, if Coutinho decides to leave Barcelona, the Reds will also suffer financial losses. Yes, finance is the next reason.
Outside the transfer fee of 120 million euros, Liverpool can still get some money from Barcelona over the transfer of Coutinho because there are several binding clauses. One of them is a bonus for winning the Champions League.
Furthermore, if Coutinho plays more than 25 matches in Spanish La Liga, Liverpool will get paid 4.2 million euros. All of these clauses certainly will not be applied when Coutinho moves from Barcelona. If all the clauses are combined, then the total possibility of financial loss which Liverpool could suffer ranges from 17.6 million euros, or 331 billion rupiahs. Of course, this will be a loss for the Reds.
That is certainly a big consideration for Coutinho, considering that he still highly respects his former club.
The last reason why Coutinho did not want to leave Barcelona because it was not about money. For Coutinho, Barcelona is a club that is so extraordinary and there is a particular pride for being in La Blaugrana uniforms.
According to him, joining Barcelona is a dream comes true.
But if at the end Coutinho really had to leave Barcelona, then non-premier league clubs like PSG, FC Bayern, and Juventus could be an alternative.