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I’d agree with you Hightown that Coutinho is far from a direct replacement for Neymar. The thing is, I’m not sure if there is one. With Barca seemingly after ex Spurs midfielder Paulinho, 29, added to the loss of Neymar you have to wonder if they’re losing their way a bit as a top club. The ideal replacement from the brand perspective would be a Hazard or Dybala type of signing but I’m not convinced they’d be able to tempt either of those to join at the moment.
Jesus at City would probably have been the more likely heir to Neymar’s throne had he had a couple of decent PL seasons under his belt. Coutinho is a great player and while maybe not being the perfect fit to fill Neymar’s shoes, he may be all they have left to go for.
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