Sports The man who discovered Lionel Messi says FC Barcelona overspent on Philippe Coutinho

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FC Barcelona has not spent the money it made from Neymar wisely, according to Josep Maria Minguella.

Philippe Coutinho was unveiled as an FC Barcelona player this week. play

Philippe Coutinho was unveiled as an FC Barcelona player this week.

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  • FC Barcelona overspent on former Liverpool FC midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to a renowned scout.
  • Josep Maria Minguella, the man who discovered Lionel Messi, says Barça has failed to secure value for money for recent signings.


FC Barcelona collected a world record £200 million ($271 million) fee when it sold Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 — but it has not spent the money wisely.

That is according to renowned football scout Josep Maria Minguella, the man who discovered a young Lionel Messi.

Barça signed Phillipe Coutinho from Liverpool FC for €160 million ($190 million / £140 million) on Sunday. It also spent €140 million ($167 million / £123 million) on Borussia Dortmund's Ousmane Dembélé.

But Minguella said neither deal represents value for money.

"Coutinho is not worth €160 million," he said on the T4 programme on Radio MARCA. "He is a good player who will improve the team but he can't be worth what they paid for him.

"The departure of Neymar saw Dembele quickly signed, but he isn't worth €140 million. Now Coutinho at €160 million… despite the current madness in the world of football, that can't be accepted as the market price."

Barcelona's next match is a Copa del Rey second leg game against Celta Vigo at Camp Nou on Thursday evening.