Sticking to the deepest pitfalls of the financial crisis, Barcelona’s ability to compete with the top dogs in European football is almost entirely dependent on their current star team. They cannot register players until the wage bill is significantly reduced. Of course, the best way to do that is to work out your activities.
One such move on the road to the finish line is Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian is heading to Aston Villa on loan, and an announcement could be made this morning, according to Samuel Marsden. Reports yesterday indicated that he was already looking for a home in Birmingham before moving.
Both sides seemed to be at a crossroads in terms of buying options, something Barça wanted to be mandatory. Villa, however, pressed the option clause. Recent reports suggest that the latter has been followed, but the loan may be up to 18 months instead of six.
Coutinho has been the epitome of his old personality this season, which means something because he has never been a great player in Barcelona. Despite two goals to his name, the 29-year-old has created just one chance all season.
His departure means Barcelona will be able to sign Ferran Torres, the man they signed for € 55 million from Manchester City. The Spanish midfielder could make his debut for the Spanish Supercup in Saudi Arabia against Real Madrid.