Marca: Barcelona may consider selling Coutinho

First leg Copa del Rey El Cla­si­co was anoth­er oppor­tu­ni­ty for Philippe Coutin­ho to prove his worth as a the most expen­sive Barcelona play­er in his­to­ry. As a result of poor per­for­mance, he was sub­sti­tut­ed before the game came to an end, with patience start­ed wear­ing out.

Barcelona will not hes­i­tate to wel­come Coutinho’s offer if he does’t up his game per­for­mance. Dembele’s injury gave the Brazil­ian oppor­tu­ni­ties to be in the start­ing line­up and prove his worth to the coach, but he has not played up to expec­ta­tion.

A pre­vi­ous game against Valen­cia, Coutin­ho could not meet up to the pace of Rodri­go and that was how Bar­ca con­ced­ed the first goal at Camp Nou. Although the Brazil­ian have not been impres­sive before the Valen­cia game, Valverde believed and trust­ed he could deliv­er. Now that Coutin­ho has failed in three con­sec­u­tive games (against Valen­cia, Real Madrid, and Ath­let­ic Club Bil­bao), it would be dif­fi­cult to come back as a starter in a game. Espe­cial­ly now that Dem­bele is fit to play.

Barcelona may sell a mid­field­er because of Frankie de Jong which the club bought him for 75 mil­lion euro plus 16 mil­lion euros in vari­ables. It was rumored that Rakitic would leave for PSG in the sum­mer, but the Croatian’s agent announced his client will not leave in the sum­mer. The only chal­lenge the club would face sell­ing Coutin­ho will be his high price.

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