Multiple reports claim that Philippe Coutinho’s European passport application has been processed in time for Sunday’s Spanish Supercopa with Sevilla.
The Catalan club faced a race against time to get Coutinho’s non-EU status changed after signing Malcom, Arthur and Arturo Vidal this summer, who all have not got a European passport.
With Yerry Mina and Marlon Santos set to exit the club in the coming days, a lot rested on Coutinho’s application which could in truth – of taken longer than Barca officials had hoped and planned.
The rush came after La Liga and Supercopa rules stated that you could not field more than three non-EU players and with Coutinho still under a Brazilian passport – Barca quickly pushed for a Portuguese registration.
A deadline was set for August 12th, but many reporters close to club are now confirming that the process has been completed.
Sunday’s Supercopa clash will see Ernesto Valverde’s new-look Barca side face Sevilla and all-three new signings in Malcom, Arthur and Vidal are expected to play a part.
Coutinho, meanwhile, may be afforded a longer rest period, whilst Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba only returned to training earlier this week following their World Cup exploits.