3 Players who can replace Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona
Just a year after joining Barcelona for a record transfer fee, Philippe Coutinho’s future at Camp Nou is now looking worse than ever. Critics have continuously been stormed him for his deteriorating performance in the past couple of weeks.
The Brazilian has scored just 2 goals while provided no assists for his team in his last 10 matches, despite Ernesto Valverde started him on several occasions. A report stated that Barcelona are willing to sell their most valuable midfielder to Paris Saint-Germain because of recent situations.
However, Barcelona are also closely monitoring several star man from other clubs who could become the best replacement for the 26-years-old. Here we will take a look at 3 of those players who could fill Coutinho's position at Camp Nou.
#1 Julian Draxler
Unai Emery had often left Julian Draxler on the bench last season because of the stiff competition on the flank. This season, Thomas Tuchel has moved him to central midfield position where he gradually started to flourish. The German player is now doing well to replace Adrien Rabiot who has an uncertain future at PSG.
The former Wolfsburg man is more assist-oriented than Coutinho. He has created significantly more key passes and assists than the Brazilian in the league. Fortunately, his creativity is just what Barcelona needs right now because Luiz Suarez has struggled to find the net recently. Not just creativity, Draxler also has scored a decent amount of goals this season.
The 25-year-old could come to Camp Nou at just €50 million. This price means that Barcelona could gain a huge amount of profit if they decide to sell Coutinho to PSG at a price of around €120 million for the Brazilian. They could use the huge €70 million leftovers to invest in another star player.