Today we woke up with the news that Barcelona is considering keeping Griezmann and Coutinho in the squad for next season. Barring a stratospheric offer, the club seems bent on keeping two of its most valuable players on the team. It is obvious that the problem with these two players is not so much their contribution, since they are quite confident that they will measure up, if not the high salary that the club promised them in their day.
From a football point of view it is a no-brainer that keeping two world-class players in the squad can only bring positive results. Let us remember that the Frenchman has just completed an almost extraordinary season. The only but that can be put is the scoring figure that has still reached twenty.
The case of Philippe Coutinho is even stranger. His seasons at Liverpool and his first half-season at can Barça They are typical of a top 15 player in the world. The most expensive signing in the history of Barça was one of the most sought-after footballers in the entire globe. Three years later, there is not a single iota left of that brave midfielder who dared to do anything with the ball and who had a shot envied by every player on the planet. In Barcelona they still have the faith that the Brazilian can regain that level of yesteryear.
The main problem with the continuity of these two players is that between them they add up to around 60 million euros per season. It is inadmissible to use that amount of annual money to keep a substitute footballer and one of the holders whose position is less guaranteed, so Barça will have to make a short-term decision that will affect the rest of the season.
Coutinho’s operation is the most complicated because the footballer, despite agreeing to lower his salary to change teams, is not willing to charge five times less than what he currently charges. As for Griezmann, Cerezo assured yesterday that the return of the little prince to the Wanda Metropolitano is difficult but not impossible.