A Spanish press report confirmed today, Thursday, that Newcastle is not the only one awaiting approval to sell it to the American investor Henry Morris, or to the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for 300 or 400 million euros.
According to the Spanish newspaper “Mundo Deportivo”, Barcelona is also expected to sell the club to rich investors and complete the contracting plan with Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino.
Barcelona aims to have Pochettino play a role in persuading the Newcastle administration, if appointed, to include Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, the unwanted star. Coutinho will return to Barcelona at the end of the season, after a failed loan to Bayern.
The report pointed out that Newcastle would want to form a team that could compete for titles in England, which would pay it to spend a lot of money, adding that “in this situation, the new owners usually have to implement the coach’s wishes without discussion.”
Coutinho played under the leadership of Pochettino in Espanyol, when he moved from Inter on loan from the 2011/2012 season, and the Argentine also wanted him included in Tottenham last summer. Now the opportunity has come to reunite the duo again, as Pochettino left Tottenham midway through the season due to poor results. Barcelona also wants to get rid of Coutinho for his poor level.
The report indicated that Barcelona will require 100 million euros from Newcastle to sell Coutinho, especially after he bought it from Liverpool two and a half years ago for 160 million euros.