Throughout the whole summer and even long before the transfer window opened, there had been talks of the Brazilian leaving the Camp Nou. And now, all of a sudden, Philippe Coutinho staying at Barcelona is gaining ground.
The reports state this is not exactly a sudden change of heart. The reality is, no one can offer the Catalans the sum they are after. Presumably, Barcelona want around €80 but in the current climate and the outside circumstances, that’s impossible.
Then we get to the sporting aspect of the whole deal. With Quique Setién gone and literally half the squad soon to follow, there is a chance for the current Bayern loanee to perhaps start anew at the club.
Of course, nothing is set in stone and a lot will depend on the other pieces moving in the transfer window. But the player’s agent has also recently confirmed that staying is not entirely ruled out.
The Brazilian will evaluate his options after the Champions League run with the Bavarians. Then, he’ll be scheduled to return to the Camp Nou to continue the negotiations.
As things currently stand, Coutinho staying at Barcelona is indeed gaining ground and we shouldn’t be surprised if it happens.
Only time will tell though.
Source: Mundo Deportivo
Real Madrid do not seem ready for El Clasico…
Real Madrid started their first Champions League game of the season awfully with a 3-2 loss at home to Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk. The Ukrainian side, which was amputated from a few of their players, had an excellent first half and annihilated Madrid, who had a torrid night at the back. For example. Raphael Varane had a horrid game, scoring an own goal and looking lost without Sergio Ramos at the back.
Having already lost on the weekend to Cadiz in the league, Real Madrid look like half of the team that won the league in July and Zinedine Zidane has to get the spirits up before the most important game of the campaign, El Clasico. The Merengues’ campaign started with a 0-0 draw at Anoeta, and they struggled to beat Real Betis, and Valladolid afterward. Much like Barcelona after the Getafe defeat, Madrid needed to lift their spirits up in the Champions League against a relatively weaker side at home, but unlike their rivals, Los Blancos lost and go into El Clasico in poor form.
In contrast, Barcelona looked rubbish against Getafe, away from home, but gained confidence against Ferencvaros as their youngsters, in Pedri, Ansu Fati or Sergiño Dest, had excellent games at Camp Nou. Barça also never looked as bad as Madrid did this season as they had shaken off the Balaidos curse but struggled against Sevilla at home. However, they weren’t dominated against Sevilla so Los Culés must win this El Clasico to show their dominance after a trophyless season in 2019/20.
Nonetheless, Madrid did show a lot of fight against Shakhtar and even equalised before Federico Valverde’s strike was disallowed by VAR, so they must be respected. Barcelona have to neutralise the Merengues’ capacity to make something out of nothing, especially after seeing Luka Modric’s strike and Fede Valverde’s disallowed thunderbolt.