Philippe Coutinho’s Transfer Value Has Dropped By £45m After 2018-19 Season With Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho's value has plummeted by £45m after a disappointing season with Barcelona.
The Spanish champions splashed out an initial fee of £105m for the ex-Liverpool star, 27, in 2018, but he has failed to replicate the same impact at the Camp Nou as he did at Anfield.
According to Transfermarkt, the Barcelona player's value has dropped by 35.5 per cent and now puts Coutinho at an estimated value of £81m.
The Brazil international is not the only one who has had his transfer value come crashing down.
Mauro Icardi, Marcelo and Paulo Dybala have had their stock values plummet following disappointing campaigns with Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.
Coutinho has been slated for his performances and fans have been known to heckle him during matches.
He made 54 appearances across all competitions for Barcelona last season and scored 11 times and assisted on 5 occasions.
The former Inter man admitted last month that he could leave the Spanish club this summer.
"I don't know if I will continue at Barcelona," he told reporters while on international duty with Brazil for the Copa America.
The Brazilian star has four years remaining on his current deal, but he has been linked with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.
But European football expert Kevin Hatchard told talkSPORT that Barcelona are not playing to the strengths of the former Reds playmaker.
"Ernesto Valverde is a fan [of Coutinho], but it just hasn't worked out yet despite him playing in lots of games," he said.
"I think a few things [have affected his time in Barcelona].
"There is a feeling Barcelona were labouring under the misapprehension that he could replace Andres Iniesta in the role Iniesta played -- and Iniesta is a one-off, an extraordinary player.
"Coutinho is more effective when he's farther up the pitch and can do more damage; I think that's where he is more comfortable.
"So he got stuck [in the wrong position] and his confidence has been damaged."
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