Coutinho, the story of a defeat in Barcelona


The Brazilian has taken a white flag and accepts his departure. PSG sounds like a destination. It can be Neymar’s currency or cash for Barça.

Philippe Coutinho will leave Barça this summer except for a big surprise. His is the story of a defeat. After dreaming for months about wearing the Barça shirt and escaping at the end of Liverpool in January 2018, his adventure has derailed in a year and a half. Rejected by the fans and without personality to rebel in the grass, the only place from where the perception of the people could change, has thrown in the towel and has taken out a white flag.

The process of defeat has also been meteoric. His season was twisted after being injured in Milan. Dembélé began to perform and his agents, Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci, showed their discomfort at the club before Christmas by the substitution of their representative. What Joorabchian and Bertolucci could not imagine, neither Coutinho, is that six months later they would be negotiating their departure not as an act of rebellion, but as a consequence of their low soccer performance.

More or less justly, Coutinho has ended up being the ugly duckling of the squad. In the same way that with Dembélé there is some hope, with the Brazilian has been lost. Coutinho has noticed and that’s why he agrees to leave. The issue is to know now if Coutinho is going to be just cash or on the contrary, and if Barça really goes with everything to Neymar, it becomes a bargaining chip.