Philippe Coutinho coy on transfer away from Barcelona just 12 months after £142m move from Liverpool

Coutinho's big-money move to Spain hasn't panned out as expected

Ed Malyon
Thursday 31 January 2019 13:08 GMT
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Louise Thomas

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Philippe Coutinho was the talk of the January transfer window a year ago, but there is already talk of him being on the move again after his life in Barcelona went south.

The Brazilian playmaker has simply yet to fully integrate at the Nou Camp and despite Barca's 6-1 win over Sevilla last night he was non-commital over his future.

"Nobody knows what will happen in the future," he told beIN Sports post-match.

"All I have in my head right now is to work hard."

Liverpool sold Coutinho to Barca for £142m a year ago, mainly using that income to fund a summer move for goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move back to Liverpool from Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a move back to Liverpool from Barcelona (Reuters)

With Barca struggling to integrate Coutinho, Malcom and Ousmane Dembele it's clear that not all of them can leave right now.

But it's equally clear that Barcelona's recruitment policy hasn't been up to much if there are this many signings struggling to fit in and being shopped on the market so soon.

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