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Who will take Lionel Messi’s number 10 at Barcelona?

 

Barcelona fans were left shocked when Lionel Messi departed the club on a free transfer earlier this month.

It was widely expected that the 34-year-old will pen new terms at the Camp Nou but the Argentine couldn’t do so due to La Liga rules.

The football superstar has now joined Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.

Dutch manager Ronald Koeman now has the task of building a team without the six times Ballon d’Or awards winner. And it seems they have decided on their next number 10.

As per Mundo Deportivo (via Football Espana), Brazil international Philippe Coutinho looks set to be handed the famous number 10 jersey.

The 29-year-old joined the Catalans from Liverpool in January 2018 in a deal worth £142 million.

However, he failed to make an impact at the Camp Nou, earning 23 goals in 90 total appearances.

The attacking midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from Barcelona this transfer window.

It was suggested that the Catalans might offer the 29-year-old to Arsenal in exchange for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

But now it looks that the La Liga side are interested to keep Coutinho at the club.

Ronald Koeman’s side will reportedly try to get the best out of the former Liverpool star this season.

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