Barcelona to SELL Philippe Coutinho? Spanish expert Sid Lowe issues key update

Barcelona to SELL Philippe Coutinho? Spanish expert Sid Lowe issues key update

Barcelona splashed out £142m on the Brazilian star in January 2018 after a lengthy pursuit.

Coutinho was desperate to join the Spanish giants and Liverpool finally relented.

But the move hasn’t worked out for the attacking midfielder, who has struggled to make a serious impact at the Nou Camp.

This year Starsport has reported on Manchester United and Chelsea’s interest in signing Coutinho.

“I think Coutinho stays”

Sid Lowe

And according to Spanish football expert Sid Lowe, Barcelona are ready to give up on the player less than 18 months into his stay in Spain.

“I think Coutinho stays unless they can find someone who will pay a sufficiently high transfer fee to take him that he would be happy to go to,” Lowe said on the Global Football Show podcast.

“I think if they can find a way to make this happen without losing to much face, without it getting messy and unpleasant, then they would welcome that opportunity, yes.”

Coutinho gets a chance to impress Manchester United when Barcelona play the Premier League giants in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Lowe’s update on Coutinho comes amid news that:


Spanish expert Sid Lowe has issued an update on Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona (Pic: GETTY)

Coutinho has struggled to bed in at Barcelona in his opening year (Pic: GETTY)

Lowe was asked about what the Spanish side make of being paired with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

“The reaction was this was about as good a draw as it could be,” he said.

“Not because it’s Manchester United, although when you look at the draw, there was a sense the weakest team was Porto, then maybe Ajax – although what they did to Real Madrid has urged caution – and then perhaps Manchester United.

“There was a sense no one wanted Juventus, no one wanted Manchester City.

Coutinho is currently on international duty with Brazil (Pic: GETTY)

“Manchester United, Spurs perhaps on the same sort of level, Liverpool somewhere above them but not quite at Juventus and City’s level.

“So you’ve got to look at this as not what just what they get next, but what they may get after that.

“So they get Manchester United then they would get Liverpool or Porto.

“From Barcelona’s point of a view, it’s a pathway to the final that avoids Man City and Juventus is a good one.”