Another transfer window, another push form Barcelona on Philippe Coutinho to more to Camp Nou. Barcelona’s hierarchy obviously lacks decency as this time they somehow have got their sponsor Nike involved in their effort to create pressure on FSG to sell the Brazilian playmaker.
Barcelona obviously keep overestimating their status as a global football authority, a bad judgement which does to change with the fact that they lead in La Liga at the moment with Real Madrid trailing them by 14 points.
However, Barca are nowhere near the team they were 2 or 3 years ago and it is very likely that their influence in the Champions League would continue to diminish with the likes of PSG and Man City, both hungry to win trophies and well prepared to do that.
In an article “Why Liverpool will not sell the Little Magician?“, published at the end of July 2017, I have offered few simple reasons on why Liverpool would not sell Philippe Coutinho in the summer. This January Barcelona are keep their guerrilla style pursuit for Coutinho and I believe that if Liverpool decides to complain to UEFA, it is very likely that Barcelona would be fined for misconduct.
Other than that, this January is the worst time for the Brazilian to switch clubs. Liverpool have progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League and if they go pass Porto, who know where this European campaign could end for the Reds. With Virgil Van Dijk, who is expected to improve the Liverpool defence, it could be another dream European season for the Anfield based club.
There aren’t unbeatable clubs in the European football at the moment and Liverpool are a team who can win against everyone. With Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Philips Coutinho and Sadio Mane in the starting eleven the Reds have huge potential. I’m sure that Coutinho is well aware of his team’s capabilities and it makes sense for him to try to finish this season on high with Liverpool. Then he might stay or switch to any other club, it depends on the Reds, on the interest of the player and on his own plans.
If Coutinho moves to Barcelona this January, he would not be guaranteed regular place in the Barca’s starting eleven. Even if he plays regularly in La Liga, he should take a place on the stands during Barcelona’s Champions League games.
With the World Cup in June 2018, any player wants to be at his best for the tournament. This means to be an important part of his team.
Football transfer business is not always logical, however. There are a lot of subjectivity and a lot of factors to be considered. So, if Barcelona are ready to splash crazy money, more than any player worths, then it would make sense for FSG to sell. Other than that, it is more likely Philippe Coutinho to keep wearing the Liverpoo’s number 10 shirt.