Published On: Sun, Jan 7th, 2018

Guillem Balague explains actual cause Barcelona signed Philippe Coutinho from LIverpool


Coutinho, 25, was mentioned to be Barcelona‘s ready-made substitute for Neymar following his swap to PSG.

However Spanish soccer knowledgeable Balague says that is not the case – and as an alternative he has been introduced in to exchange Andres Iniesta.

Balague instructed Sky Sports activities: “Why do they need Coutinho now? It is an adaptation state of affairs

“They really feel he isn’t a midfielder within the mould of Barcelona however a ahead. Though he is obtained a high quality to be a midfielder if he places a number of work with out the ball.

“They need him within the Iniesta position, ideally, however he isn’t there but.

“He is a artistic power at a time the place they do not have so many artistic forces.

“Iniesta is getting outdated. It has been prompt that that is his final season at Barcelona with large presents on the desk from China.

“Barcelona want that sort of high quality in midfield. Coutinho will not be Iniesta but however he can develop the abilities wanted.

“At the start Coutinho will not have many defensive obligations with out the ball however he’ll should be taught these as a result of they see him, within the medium time period, as a midfielder.

“They suppose that for him to take action, he should perceive the positional recreation of Barcelona, to do a much bigger shift with out the ball.

“For the time being what they want right away is a substitute for Neymar, which they didn’t get [in the summer].”

Coutinho is to understand his dream of transferring to Barcelona regardless of Liverpool‘s “nice reluctance” to let the Brazilian playmaker go away Anfield for a British file payment value as much as £142million.

The 25-year-old was the topic of a £118million bid from the Catalan membership in August, an method Liverpool rejected, however he’s now heading to the Nou Camp after a deal was agreed on Saturday.

A press release learn: “Liverpool can verify Philippe Coutinho can be leaving the membership after a switch settlement was reached with Barcelona, topic to medical and settlement of private phrases.

“The participant now has permission to finish the standard formalities to conclude the switch instantly.”

Barcelona made Coutinho their number-one goal after his countryman Neymar made a world-record £200.6million transfer to Paris St Germain in August and he’ll signal a five-and-a-half-year contract.


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