Report: Olympique Marseille eyeing Barcelona outcast


French team Olympique de Marseille have reportedly been interested in acquiring Barcelona player Philippe Coutinho, says Diario Sport.

He has been listed as a transferable player in Barça’s squad. However, the amortization of his transfer from Liverpool in 2018 along with his elevated salary, turn a hypothetical transfer into a really complex operation.

Coutinho has been out since last December when he suffered a knee injury in a home game against Eibar. Some days after the game, the Catalan club announced that the Brazilian had surgery in his knee to repair his injury in the exterior meniscus of his left leg. 

Moreover, the club said that he would be out for only 3 months. Currently, it has been almost 6 months and the midfielder is nowhere near a return to playing.

His performances since arriving in the Camp Nou have been disappointing. Let’s bear in mind that the Brazilian was, and still is, the most expensive transfer in Barcelona’s history (€120m plus €40m in variables). 

If Barça were to sell the midfielder, Sport reports that the fee should be €48m to pay off the investment once made on him. Reports from Brazil are suggesting that one of his possible destinations would be Olympique de Marseille. They will be playing in the Europa League next season and their coach Jorge Sampaoli is looking for new players. 

As these numbers are currently extremely high for most clubs in the world, a loan would not be seen as a bad option at all, once given the circumstances. In fact, it would be also difficult to find a club willing to pay Coutinho anywhere near his salary in Barcelona.

It is yet to be seen how the Brazilian’s situation will end up, but it is obviously one of the most important and urgent folders to work on by Joan Laporta and his board during these next few weeks.



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