Philippe Coutinho welcomed to Barcelona following latest Instagram post | Football | Sport


Coutinho posted a picture on Instagram this afternoon to celebrate his daughter Maria’s second birthday.

Snapped in a short sleeve shirt and glasses, Coutinho is seen holding his daughter as she turns towards the camera.

Alongside the picture, Coutinho wrote: “In celebration of two years of our princess.”

But instead of being a celebration of his daughter’s big day, it turned into a message board for fans to bombard Coutinho with transfer messages.

With the Barcelona colours written in hearts, one fan wrote: “Welcome to Barcelona.” Another replied with the Barcelona colour emojis and said: “We need you so bad.”

A fellow Nou Camp fan added: “Coutinho, the new Neymar. Welcome to CATALANS.”

Another begged: “Please we just can’t wait for you at Barcelona any longer… Come please… This January.”

But the messages irked Liverpool supporters who are following the midfielder on social media.

One wrote: “Looks just like u and also stop Barca fans.”

A fellow supporter fumed: “Wtf this post is about his daughter birthday. And his family Show more respect you sick.”

While another added: “stay in liverpool cou.”

Barcelona midfielder Paulinho yesterday admitted he has been in touch with Brazil team-mate Coutinho to discuss a possible transfer to the Spanish giants.

Coutinho handed in a transfer request in August after LaLiga leaders Barcelona had a bid for the Brazilian rejected, but the Reds turned down a further two offers, with owners Fenway Sports Group publicly stating he was not for sale.

The 25-year-old missed the start of the season with a back problem, but has been outstanding since his return and his stunning opener in the 5-0 Boxing Day demolition of Swansea was his seventh goal in as many games.

However, speculation regarding a Janaury switch to the Nou Camp for Coutinho has continued, and Paulinho – who joined the club from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande in August – joked that a property search for Coutinho was already under way.

“I make jokes that people are already looking for a house for him,” Paulinho told

“I try to give him the basic information, the most important for him and his family, because maybe the time he lived here was not enough to know the city, but he knows that Barcelona is a very good city, that offers everything for him and his family.

“You have to think about the decision you are going to make. What I think is that if you have the opportunity to come, you will not regret it.”

Should any deal go through, Paulinho believes Coutinho will be a good addition to Barcelona’s already impressive attacking options.

“He has a way of playing that everyone observes, both in Liverpool and in Brazil,” he added.

“He is a very fast player, very agile. He gives many options for those who play in the centre of the field, pass options, also looks for free spaces to place the ball and go to goal.

“He can play in two or three positions and I think that will also help the coach and the players. Now I just have to encourage it to happen.”

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