Having already signed Konrad de la Fuente from Barcelona B, a report by Marseille-based newspaper LA PROVENCE, relayed by Mundo Deportivo, states that Olympique Marseille have some “good news” for its fans coming soon. The French club are reportedly looking to sign Brazilian attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona and announce this on Monday.
This is part of the French club’s president Pablo Longoria’s project to make a competitive team for next season, and Coutinho could be the “bomb” to make this happen. The Brazilian has been considered undesirable by the Catalans, who seek to get rid of him as soon as possible.
The sale of the Copa America winner is in the goal of ensuring the longevity of Lionel Messi at the club. Barcelona seek to reduce salaries and make a number of sales to make sure that the Argentine stays in the club longer.
So desperate are Barcelona to sell him that Joan Laporta and his board would be willing to let him go for €25 million. This is despite signing him for a club-record fee of more than €140 million in January of 2018.
He has up until this point struggled to make it through the challenges before him. He has been overtaken by Pedri, and Griezmann in his role, and his injury cut his season short.
On Thursday, Fabrice Lamperti, a reporter at LA PROVENCE, stated that the club was ready for a “big arrival on Monday”, but did not disclose any name.
Coutinho could take this as a chance to revive his career, especially with Marseille playing Europa league football next season.