‘Coutinho €160m pricetag a bit high!’ – Rakitic

first_imgTransfers ‘Coutinho €160m pricetag a bit high!’ – Rakitic Jack Davies Last updated 1 year ago 01:00 1/9/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(12) Philippe Coutinho Barcelona Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Philippe Coutinho Ivan Rakitić Primera División The Croatia international feels the transfer fees being spent in the current market are starting to become too expensive after the Brazilian’s arrival Ivan Rakitic concedes the price Barcelona have had to pay to prise Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool is “a bit high”, but hopes the Brazilian can help secure the LaLiga title.Coutinho will cost Barca €160 million, making him the third most expensive player of all time, behind Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who will move to Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent deal from Monaco at the end of the season for €180m.And Rakitic, who will now face increased competition for a place in Barca’s midfield, believes the Coutinho fee is a sign of the times. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “My opinion doesn’t matter, but the price has gone a bit high, that’s what the market dictates,” he is quoted as saying by Marca .”Every great player is welcome here. I congratulate the president and everyone else who made it possible for him to be here.Philippe Coutinho Barcelona“He is one of the family now, we are going to enjoy him a lot, he’s now at the biggest club in the world.”Coutinho will not be eligible to feature in the Champions League this season but will boost Barca’s bid for a domestic double, with the Catalans leading Atletico Madrid by nine points at the top of La Liga.”We are happy another player has joined us, one who is among the very best,” added Rakitic.”Obviously, he can’t play in the Champions League, but we already knew that.”He will help us in La Liga and hopefully the Copa del Rey, but we must give him time to settle.”last_img

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