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.