Coutinho’s European passport goes through on timeAugust 9, 2018
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.