Barcelona believe Man City are just one of three clubs who could afford Coutinho – MD

Coutinho’s Barca struggles

Philippe Coutinho got his big-money move to Barcelona in January of 2018.

The Brazilian left Liverpool for a fee believed to be around £105m in up-front costs.

Coutinho had a decent first half-season with the Catalan side.

However, his first full season in 2018/19 was one to forget for the little magician.

In 34 La Liga outings, the attacker scored just five and assisted two.


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SEVILLE, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 23: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 23, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Guardiola on City’s transfers

After Barca spent big on Coutinho and he really didn’t deliver over the past season, it looks as though the La Liga champions are willing to part ways with him after just 18 months.

Coutinho has previously been linked with a move to PSG as part of a deal to bring Neymar back to Spain.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have since reported that Barca are willing to sell Coutinho, as long as they can recoup what they have so far paid for him.

Mundo Deportivo put that fee at €135m.

The Spanish daily also claims that Barcelona only see three clubs that could currently afford such a price.

Those clubs are believed to be Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG.

However, Pep Guardiola recently spoke out about City’s transfer plans this summer, and it doesn’t sound as though the club will be bringing in many, if any new faces over the remainder of the window:

 “No, not many. I like the faces that we have.

“Maybe but the transfer market is so difficult and the team is good enough. Maybe zero, maybe one, maybe one and a half.” As quoted by Goal.

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