Croatia International Ivan Rakitic has admitted that Barcelona paid a high price to acquire the signature od Philippe Coutinho, but hopes that the Brazilian can help Barcelona to secure the La Liga title.
According to reports, Coutinho cost Barcelona 160 million euros, which has made him attain the status of the 3rdmost expensive player of all time behind Kylian Mbappe whose final move to PSG on a permanent deal will cost 180 million euros and fellow Brazilian Neymar
However, Rakitic who will now face stiffer competition for midfield places in Barcelona’s starting line up admitted that the fee for Coutinho is a sign of the times.
“My opinion doesn’t matter, but the price has gone a bit high, that’s what the market dictates,” according to quotes from Marca
“Every great player is welcome here. I congratulate the president and everyone else who made it possible for him to be here.
“He is one of the family now, we are going to enjoy him a lot, he’s now at the biggest club in the world.”
Meanwhile, Coutinho will play no part for Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League but has the opportunity to contribute immensely to Barcelona’s domestic targets
“We are happy another player has joined us, one who is among the very best,” added Rakitic.
“Obviously, he can’t play in the Champions League, but we already knew that.
“He will help us in LaLiga and hopefully the Copa del Rey, but we must give him time to settle.”