Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is reportedly ready to receive lower wages in an attempt to secure a move to Barcelona
According to a report by Sport, Philippe Coutinho would take a risk if he joins Barcelona since he will earn lesser wages with the possibility of earning bonuses later on. Although Barcelona have been quite interested in Coutinho for a while now, Liverpool have been hesitant to let him leave and were reported to have valued him at €150 million.
However, Coutinho only recently signed a new contract and is currently one of the highest earners at Liverpool which definitely means he would not be sold for cheap.
The Brazilian has gone from strength-to-strength ever since he joined Liverpool from Inter Milan back in the summer of 2013. The then 20-year-old took his time but he gradually went on to become Liverpool’s key figure on field. In fact, the way he has developed over the past few years only goes to show his limitless potential.
Coutinho has also become a regular fixture for his country. The recently-concluded Premier League season was perhaps the best for Coutinho as he led Liverpool towards a top-four finish successfully – he contributed with 13 goals and seven assists in 31 games.
His form has truly strengthened in the last few months and it comes as no surprise that Spanish giants Barcelona are so keen on inking a deal for him. Things seemed a bit uncertain with Liverpool’s whopping price tag but with the player agreeing to take a pay-cut show his eagerness, which could convince Barcelona to continue their pursuit.
Barcelona are in need of procuring midfield reinforcements this summer in order to create a stronger side as they get ready to challenge their arch-rivals Real Madrid for the La Liga trophy next season.
Denis Suarez and Andre Gomes have failed to impress last season, which only adds to Barcelona’s dire need for a proven midfield talent. Ivan Rakitic struggled with inconsistency, which led to a sense of chaos in the midfield area.
Meanwhile, Andres Iniesta is slowing down, and hence, the club also requires a successor for Iniesta after failing to find a worthy replacement for Xavi. It is believed that Barcelona have identified Coutinho as the answer to their midfield woes, and with the player keen on a move to Camp Nou, the deal might just go through.