Is Phillipe Coutinho worth the Gamble?



Oh! How time flies, who could have thought the odd three(3) years ago, when Phillipe Coutinho was working his magic in the heart of the Liverpool midfield, that we'd be questioning his worth and quality someday. That has proven the case a few years down the line, after what was a dream move turned out to be a career deterring one.

Phillipe Coutinho joined FC Barcelona in the winter of 2018 in a mega €146m deal, which came after much negotiations from every party and was a dream come true for the player. Things went well initially as he made a very bright start to his Barcelona career in the six(6) months left of the season. It has, however, not continued as planned since then, Coutinho was unable to carry that form into his first full season with him unable to perform from the left wing where he was usually played at, and even when played in his favoured midfield role, he was unable to replicate his usually exhilarating form.
FC Barcelona quickly lost patience with him and sent him on loan to FC Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019 amidst rumours of a potential transfer to Arsenal. Coutinho has impressed in bits during his spell at Bayern, but has not shown enough consistency to persuade the Bayern Munich hierarchy to path with around €90m for his services on a permanent basis.

Owing to Barcelona's willingness to sell and Bayern's unwillingness to buy permanently, other teams have been invited to the negotiation table, and Arsenal are among a host of them. Phillipe Coutinho's agent is a good friend of Arsenal's director of football, Edu Gasper who is also Phillipe Coutihno's country man making a potential transfer very feasible.

The reported fee is €90m, which judging purely on his performances in the Last couple of seasons, he is not anywhere close to. He still carry's such a tag only based on name value and his prime days at Liverpool. His wages too is a hefty one, he'd instantly become one of Arsenal's highest paid players if he were signed, and with Arsenal refusing to bulge on the hefty wage demands of P. Aubameyang, will it be wise to invest it in Coutinho instead?

All of this factor exactly prompts the question, will he be worth the transfer gamble? If Coutinho can rediscover his Premier League form, it would prove a transfer coup, but that is a very big if.


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