Jason McAteer, former midfielder with Liverpool, believes that Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho is bound to join Barcelona soon enough. Coutinho’s transfer was the subject of much speculation during the summer, with Liverpool barely being able to hold on to their talented player.
McAteer, however, says that Coutinho is seen by the Camp Nou side as a possible long-term replacement for the likes of Iniesta or Xavi, two of the midfield masterminds, rather than a temporary replacement for goalscorer Neymar.
Neymar’s costly transfer to PSG in the summer put Barcelona in a strange position of losing one of their top-players and having a good deal of money available to attempt to replace him. Initial attempts at signing a replacement were unsuccessful, however, with top teams refusing to do business with the Spanish side. With Liverpool struggling in the Premier League on occasion, one would not be surprised, if a deal can indeed be agreed upon come this summer.