Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho will be given a chance to show his worth against Levante this evening in the Copa del Rey.
After arriving at the Camp Nou for £142m a year ago, Coutinho has been a bit part player for the Catalan giants, and countless rumours are now spreading across Spanish and English media about his future.
A report in the Evening Standard by Ben Hayward claims that Barca are planning to sell the former Liverpool man in order to fund a return for Neymar from Paris Saint Germain, and whilst those rumours continue to spread – nothing has come out of the Brazilian’s camp.
A reserve to French youngster Ousmane Dembele, Coutinho has found minutes hard to come by in recent weeks but will be handed a start against Levante on Thursday evening.
With no Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez, tonight’s first leg could prove to be the platform that the midfielder needs to install himself back into Ernesto Valverde’s first team plans.
Coutinho has started just nine games this term, scoring five goals in all competitions, making his development at the club halt to stop.
Barca face Levante tonight at the Ciudad de Valencia in the first leg of the Copa del Rey last-16.