The Brazilian has failed at Camp Nou and it's time for him to leave now
Barcelona’s focus for now is getting Philippe Coutinho off the wage bill, which could happen this week. His departure will allow the club to register Ferran Torres. They would like it to be a sale or a loan with an obligatory buy option. That’s difficult and they are advancing with Aston Villa at the moment, although Coutinho’s people hope Tottenham or Arsenal will make a concrete offer. Everton and Leicester are out of the race.
The final decision will be taken by Coutinho and at Barcelona they think everything is on track with Villa. Steven Gerrard, a former team-mate of Coutinho’s at Liverpool, is the coach and seems to have convinced the player. Villa must pay at least half of Coutinho’s salary and if Barca want them to buy him at the end of the season, they have to reach ad deal with the player to adjust his salary in the years ahead.
The player’s people are sure that the final decision will be based on the sporting project. Coutinho wants to play and feel important again but he also wants the option of winning titles. Villa have given him a project with an ambitious future but his people are pressing Arsenal and Tottenham.
Barcelona want it to be done quickly so they can get Ferran Torres registered.
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