The Spanish giants Barcelona are reportedly ready to pay N24 billion (€60M) release clause of Nigerian International Samuel Chukwueze in order to confirm his transfer from Villarreal this summer. Coutinho has been a flop for the Blaugrana this year, with the midfielder only managing to get a combined total of seven goals and assists in La Liga, a total that’s just one more than defender Gerard Pique.
Samuel Chukwueze has been very remarkable for Villarreal this season, with his fantastic dribbling ability and lightning pace causing confusion amongst La Liga defences time and time again. He has scored 10 and assisted four in all competitions this year, a decent return considering the fact that the Yellow Submarine could still be relegated this season. It make sense for Barca to try and get rid of Coutinho given the season that he’s had, and replacing him with Nigerian youngster Chukwueze could be a stroke of genius from the Blaugrana.
Moreover, Chukwueze might consider signing for a club where he gets regular game time, with both Oosmane Dembele and Malcom bound to be ahead of him at Camp Nou. The Nigerian young star rejected the chance to represent Nigeria at the FIFA U-20 World cup this month instead agreed to feature for with the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Former African footballer of the award winner Emmanuel Amuneke and Gbenga Okunowo are the Nigerians to have played for the Blaugrana