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Sunday, 24 March 2019

HOW HAVE BARCELONA'S 10 MOST EXPENSIVE SIGNINGS FARED?


The case of Philippe Coutinho brings back the debate about whether expensive transfers guarantee good performance.
He is the most expensive player in the history of Barcelona, but has so far failed to live up to his price tag.
Throughout the Blaugrana's history there have been some excellent purchases, but also some that haven't worked out.
Here, we look at the 10 biggest acquisitions for Barcelona and at how they fared.

Philippe Coutinho (120 million euros)

He is the most recent case of a large Blaugrana outlay who hasn't lived up to expectations.
Coutinho has been in the ranks at Barcelona for little over a year, but so far he hasn't made the grade.
So disappointing has he been that the club may already be on the lookout for a club to take him and to try to recover some of their investment.
They are said to be willing to listen to offers.

Ousmane Dembele (105 million euros)

Although his career at the Camp Nou has been plagued by injuries, he has nonetheless shown that he is a decisive player capable of changing a game.
Particularly this season he has put in some important performances and won over the fans.

Neymar (88.2 million euros)

He is the man who could have reigned at Barcelona.
He lived up to the money that was spent on him, although the final figure that was spent has never been truly confirmed.
Bought to be Messi's heir, he didn't have the patience for that role and departed for Paris Saint-Germain.
The Catalans will have a hard time finding a replacement for him.

Luis Suarez (81.7 million euros)

One of the best forwards to have plied his trade at the Catalan club.
Taking into account that they have had the best of all time in their ranks, that is high praise.
But he has earned it with 172 goals in 237 appearances.
He played a key role in the 2015 treble and is one man who can put the team on his back when Messi is unavailable or off song.
The problem, if anything, will be managing his decline.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (69.5 million euros)

He didn't meet the expectations.
He took over from Samuel Eto'o after impressing in Italy and Holland, but he never had an understanding with Pep Guardiola, which prompted him to leave earlier than expected.
That said, he still played an important role in the title win in 2010 and decided a Clasico with the only goal of the game.

Malcom (41 million euros)

In the summer of 2018 he arrived as a big signing for Barcelona, who beat Romaand Monchi to his signature at the final moment.
You can't say if he has been a success for the board yet because his participation has been minimal so far.

Paulinho (40 million euros)

He came in for a lot of criticism.
However, the gamble paid off with goals and his midfield work, making it a surprise that Barcelona later let him leave for China.
Ernesto Valverde wanted to keep him, but the club saw a business opportunity to cash in on an older player.

David Villa (40 million euros)

He spent three seasons at Barcelona.
Although there were times when he had to fight for his place, he always responded with goals and professionalism.
At Barcelona, he got what he was looking for by winning a Champions League.
In 119 games for the Blaugrana, he hit the net on 48 occasions.

Marc Overmars (40 million euros)

He was one of the biggest flops for Barcelona in terms of investment in a new arrival.
The deal used up a good chunk of the money that was brought in from Luis Figo's move to Real Madrid.
In four seasons at the Camp Nou, he scored 19 goals in 141 games.

Andre Gomes (37 million euros)

He never came close to showing the kind of level that he had during his time at Valencia.
The Portuguese was a disappointing performer when he was on the field.
He admitted that his poor displays impacted him psychologically after he began to be booed by his own fans.
He is now on loan at Everton.






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