Philippe Coutinho Has Been Hit By The Castelldefels Locals' ‘Barcelona Curse’
The locals of Barcelona province Castelldefels might have correctly predicted that Philippe Coutinho would be hit by a 'Barca curse' before he completed his loan move to Bayern Munich.
The German champions splashed out £7.78m for the initial loan fee for the 27-year-old Brazilian attacking midfielder and can make the move permanent by paying Barcelona £109.84m.
But ESPN found in April that the Castelldefels locals believed the Bayern Munich new boy's home was 'jinxed.'
The publication said that Cesc Fabregas purchased the property months before he was sold to Chelsea in 2014.
And the so-called curse hit Thomas Vermaelen, who decided to stay at the property at the same time as he battled through injuries and left Barcelona this summer for Vissel Kobe.
Andre Gomes, who was loaned to Everton last season, also moved into the home following his arrival from Valencia.
Barcelona pocketed £22m from their sale of the 26-year-old Portuguese midfielder to the Toffees this summer.
ESPN also pointed out that the Everton player 'never found his feet at Camp Nou, admitting that he struggled to deal with the criticism his performances garnered from supporters.'
Now Coutinho, who had been linked with Bayern Munich in recent weeks, has made his exit from the Camp Nou and could be the latest victim of the 'Barca curse.'
Bayern Munich have confirmed that they will pay the Brazil international's wages during his loan spell in Germany.
Coutinho said that the move would allow him to take on a "new challenge in a new country at one of the best clubs in Europe."
He added: "I am really looking forward to this. I have big goals, like Bayern, and I'm sure I can do it with my new teammates."
According to Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Brazilian star will "strengthen our offensive with his creativity and excellent technique."
Liverpool could miss out on a whopping £23m after Coutinho sealed his season-long loan to the Bavarians.
But Hertha Berlin midfielder Marko Grujic has thrown his full support behind Coutinho by saying that he "will be the best footballer in Germany by far."
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