Philippe Coutinho has suffered another setback at Barcelona with major transfer update

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It's no longer a secret: Philippe Coutinho's dream move to Barcelona isn't going to plan.

Having essentially forced through his exit from Liverpool one year ago, the Brazilian looked to raise his game to the next level in Spain and many tipped him to become Andres Iniesta's successor.

That's not to mention the fact Barcelona paid no less than £146 million for his services, making him the third most expensive player in history behind Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.

So, it's pretty worrying when Barcelona fans are slamming his performances on forums and suggesting that they should have signed Christian Eriksen instead.

Coutinho may have started his career with the Blaugrana in form - scoring 10 goals in 22 outings - but his focus has shifted to making the starting XI, never mind providing goals and assists.

Coutinho struggling at Barcelona

Spanish football expert Richard Martin wrote for Reuters last week: "One year on from his signing, the Brazilian is struggling to get a game while his former side are thriving in his absence.

"With Liverpool sitting four points clear at the top of the Premier League, Coutinho may be wondering on Sunday’s anniversary of his transfer from Anfield to the Nou Camp whether it was quite the dream move he had imagined at the time."

It's certainly not how Coutinho would have envisaged his dream transfer and there is even speculation that he could be leaving the Nou Camp after just 12 months.

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Potential summer exit

Transfer reports recently linked him with a shock move to Manchester United, although a number of journalists have since rubbished the claims.

But it doesn't stop there and a fresh report from the Evening Standard suggests that Coutinho's time with Barcelona has sunk to a whole new low.

That's because it's now been revealed that Coutinho is 'playing for his future' at Barcelona and could be sold as soon as the summer.

Evolving from the club's record signing to a potential outgoing in just one years is pretty shocking, but Barcelona at least have good reason for the move.

That's because they're considering using Coutinho as a makeweight for a possible Neymar re-signing less than two years after his Paris Saint-Germain switch.

Neymar has been repeatedly linked with a move back to the Nou Camp and it seems now, with Coutinho attached to the deal, is the perfect time for them to act.

It's a reunion that would go down well with the Barcelona squad as well with a number of players expressing their desire for him to return. 

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Messi told Marca very recently: “We would love him to come back, for what he represents, both as a player and in the dressing room. We’re friends and we lived some very special things together.”

Of course, that doesn't mean that Messi would want Coutinho to leave necessarily but it might be necessarily in order to persuade PSG into losing their star player.

Either way, it's not looking good for Coutinho in Catalonia.

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