Barcelona shortlist young Nigerian sensation as Philippe Coutinho replacement

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Barcelona are looking to sell off Philippe Coutinho and affirm his replacement in a 19-year-old African starlet during this summer.

Barcelona signed Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a club record fee of 142 million euros back in January 2018. Despite paying through their nose for the Brazil international, the winger is still seemingly unsettled at the club. Philippe Coutinho has not managed to take his chances and he has always been in and out of the team.

Just 18 months since his purchase, the Catalans have now decided to cash in on him and claim at least some return from their investment, a year and a half later. With that said, they reportedly see him worth 100 million euros. Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are considered to be the two parties interested in him and his price tag is well within their affordability.

Ernesto Valverde’s side has now shortlisted a replacement for the inevitably outgoing former Liverpool winger in Villarreal sensation Samuel Chukwueze. The 19-year-old Nigeria international has enjoyed a breakthrough spell in the Valencian Community and some of Europe’s top European clubs are gunning for his services, as reported by the Fox Sports.

Villarreal are out of the relegation zone now and Samuel Chukwueze has been one of their best players this season. However, the Yellow Submarine always ambitions to play in the Europa League or better and their failure in doing so for the next campaign may come at the cost of one of their brightest talents.

Samuel Chukwueze’s speed and agility could actually be a huge asset for Barcelona and the player may also consider going there because of the availability of playing time. As has been the case with Philippe Coutinho, Malcom Oliviera or Ousmane Dembele could also be shipped out this summer and Chukwueze may have virtually no competition.


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