Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona ready to sell off injured star in January

Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona ready to sell off injured star in January

- Phillippe Coutinho may be traded in January due to his huge pay packet

- The Brazilian rejoined Barcelona after his successful spell with Bayern Munich

- Coutinho has played 11 matches in all competitions for Barca, scoring three goals

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Barcelona could cash-in on Philippe Coutinho in January to free up space in their financial books, reports in Spain claim.

The 28-year-old is understood to have agreed to temporarily halve his wage of more than £200,000 a week last season.

However, the Spanish giants are avoiding going into more financial problems and reports claim the Brazilian will be sold in the new year.

Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona ready to sell off injured star in January
Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona ready to sell off injured star in January. Photo by David Ramos
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Coutinho had a promising start to the season as he was used in his natural number ten role where he provided two assists and scored against Sevilla.

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He also found the back of the net against Ferencvaros only to be slowed down by a hamstring injury limiting him to only two of Barcelona's four European matches.

Coutinho spent the entire last season with Bayern Munich and was part of the side that won the ultimate treble including the Champions League.

He grabbed a brace and provided two assists in the quarter-finals against Barca as the Bavarians destroyed their Spanish counterparts on their way to glory.

Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Pedri have all been deployed in a central role since Coutinho was moved to the left wing by Ronald Koeman.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Barcelona leaped to sixth on La Liga table following their 2-1 win over Real Sociedad in a tough fixture played at the Camp Nou.

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William Jose's strike was canceled out by Jordi Alba and Frenkie de Jong to put La Blaugrana's title race back on track.

The match was action-packed at the Camp Nou and Barca desperately needed a win to keep up the pace with the current La Liga leaders. also reported that Lionel Messi will be sold if he refuses to accept a pay cut, according to presential candidate Emili Rousaud.

The 33-year-old's future at the Camp Nou has been thrown in doubt after he asked to live his boyhood club at the end of last season.

And the Argentine superstar has been linked with a move to reunite with his former coach Pep Guardiola at Man City and Ligue 1 club, Paris Saint-Germain.

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