Date of publication: Thursday, April 4, 2019 11:05
Local residents believe that Philippe Coutinho's fights in Barcelona may be to the house where he lives, according to reports.
Coutinho has long been linked to returning to the Premier League after leaving Liverpool for Barcelona in January 2018.
Manchester United and Chelsea both were connected with the Brazilian, whose apparent desire to leave seemed a bit red herring in an otherwise quiet winter window.
Coutinho has struggled to settle in Barcelona since his move from Merseyside, with his inconsistent performances not impressing coach Ernesto Valverde.
His former team-mate in Liverpool, Luis Suarez, helped him find a property when he moved to Spain, settling into a house in Castelldefels, a popular area among football players.
And a report on ESPN that there is a "joke among the locals" that the "Coutinho house is a bad luck" after a series of previous owners to no avail.
Cesc Fabregas bought the same house shortly before returning to the Premier League with Chelsea before Thomas Vermaelan, injured by the injury, moved.
Andre Gomes was the latest player to own the property after his expensive transfer from Valencia – but only made 16 league appearances last season before moving to Everton on loan for 2018-19.
Coutinho was thought to be the man who would end the curse, but a separate report on Thursday names him among 11 players who will be eliminated by Barcelona as they look to reshape the squad.
ESPN says that Coutinho tops the list of players who must leave with Samuel Umtiti and Ivan Rakitic, two other big names for the starting gate.