According to the Spanish press, OM coach Jorge Sampaoli would dream of recruiting Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian attacking midfielder from Barça, this summer. Surprising, given the player’s fees.
Sport, Mundo Deportivo, As, Marca … They almost all bounced back on this crazy rumor this Wednesday. According to several Spanish media, OM, or rather its coach Jorge Sampaoli, would dream of attracting a world-class player this summer: the Brazilian attacking midfielder of Barça, Philippe Coutinho (28).
Mundo Deportivo, who cites Brazilian sources without going into details, explains that the Marseille coach – a connoisseur of South American football – particularly appreciates the profile of the former Liverpool player, and As adds that the president Pablo Longoria “keep thinking big”. Big, or huge, for that matter.
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Two-year contract at 24 million euros
If Coutinho has been losing ground for a few seasons, the case is obviously very, very complicated for financial reasons. Because the former Liverpool player – bought 120 million euros excluding bonus in January 2018 – still has two years of contract in Catalonia, and that he would receive a salary … of 24 million euros per season. Absolutely unaffordable for the Marseille club.
Regularly aligned by Ronald Koeman at the start of the season, Philippe Coutinho was injured in the meniscus of the left knee at the end of December, and has had to undergo two operations since. He is expected to return to competition for the launch of next season.