Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is becoming increasingly comfortable in his role.
When he ascended to the throne in January 2014 he was nervous, awkward, like he didn’t belong, but now he carries himself with more conviction and even a sense of swagger.
But there is one issue which makes him sweat. Bartomeu splashed a club record fee of £142 million on Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho, and it’s looking like a losing bet.
“We will not listen to offers for him,” said Bartomeu in an interview with Spanish radio station Cadena COPE this week. “He’s a young player, with great potential and we expect a lot from him.”
That the question was even asked shows Coutinho is failing at the Nou Camp. When he was signed in January 2018 it was to become the successor to Andres Iniesta.