Cast your mind back eighteen months ago and one of the worlds biggest transfers in the January transfer window had just been completed. Barcelona had finally managed to capture Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho (£2.20) for a humongous transfer fee of £105 Million which would then rise to £140+ if certain conditions were met. So highly did they think of the Brazilian that he was swiftly handed the esteemed Blaugrauna number 7 shirt.
Fast forward eighteen months and Coutinho has endured a difficult time in Catalonia to put it mildly. The Barcelona fans have turned against him as a consequence of his form and confidence dropping over the past season. He was part of the successful Copa America winning Brazil team in the last couple of weeks but Coutinho has struggled to hit the heights of his spell on Anfield. The fall from grace was brought home even more acutely this week when Barca captured Antoine Griezmann (£2.23) and swiftly handed him the coveted number seven jersey immediately, leaving Coutinho without a squad number at all!
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The rumours of a return to the Nou Camp for Index topping Neymar (£7.61) have been prevalent all summer but upon his return to PSG training yesterday it is alleged that he informed new director of football, Leonardo of his desire to leave the Parc des Princes once more. Yet for Barcelona who have just shelled out €120 Million on Griezmann how could they ever afford Neymar? The answer appears to lie in the potential sensational return to Anfield of Phillipe Coutinho!
A move back to his former stomping ground picked up significant pace in the last few days with his agent confirming he has a soft spot for Liverpool and wouldn’t dream of playing for another Premier League outfit! His time in Anfield was stunning, for example his last 14 games in the Premier League saw 7 goals and 6 assists which made him a regular contender for match day dividends. It’s little surprise that Indexers and Liverpool fans alike are excited about the potential of a return to Anfield. This has seen his share price rise by £0.21 a share in the last seven days a rise of 10% and he is firmly ensconced in today’s Media Madness dividends race!
The manoeuvring of Barcelona’s management appears to be engineering a move out of the Nou Camp for Coutinho and selling him back to Liverpool and removing some of the potential future add ons could help them seal the return of Neymar! But Liverpool fans could also be extremely excited about a return of the Fab Four, Sadio Mane (£2.57), Mohamed Salah (£4.91), Roberto Firmino (£1.42) and Phillipe Coutinho (£2.20)! What price would a firing Coutinho at Anfield be on the Index?