PHILIPPE COUTINHO has flopped at Barcelona since his £142million move from Liverpool – and it’s because his house is “cursed”.
Big things were expected of the Brazilian, but this season he has struggled to hit the levels that Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez reach regularly.
It has led to rumours swirling that he could be sold at the end of the season, with Chelsea and Manchester United interested in bringing him back to the Premier League.
But according to ESPN, his poor form could be down to where he lives – a house that has put paid to former players’ time at the Bernabeu.
Cesc Fabregas used to live in the same luxury villa in Castelldefels – a 30-minute drive south of the Catalan capital.
But just months after buying the property, he was flogged to Chelsea.
Thomas Vermaelan has also lived there but his time at Barca has been beset by injuries.
SUAREZ BOUGHT HOUSE
Andre Gomes was next up following his £35m move from Valencia – but he never settled and is currently on loan at Everton.
Sun Sport revealed that Barca star Suarez bought Coutinho the house BEFORE he had even completed his move there.
And despite on paper seeming like Coutinho had all the skills in his locker to finally break “the curse”, it just hasn’t happened.
He was even the victim of a burglary back in February 2018 – although thankfully Coutinho and his wife Aine were out at the time.
the four-storey mansion has a swimming pool in an expansive back garden, and also boasts a gym, elevator and sits in a 750 square metre plot.
Barca had money to burn after selling Neymar to PSG for £198m – but Coutinho has not showed the fans or the board that he is the man to fill his fellow Brazilian’s boots.
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In 64 outings for the Catalan giants, Coutinho has mustered 19 goals and 11 assists and is no longer an automatic first choice under Ernesto Valverde.
Barca could choose to cash-in on the ex-Inter Milan schemer while his reputation remains unaffected.
The La Liga champions have slapped a £110m valuation on Coutinho, amid reports he has told close friends he wants out.