Coutinho is both cursed and a delight – one of the most baffling elite footballers | Barney Ronay

The Brazilian is reported to soon end his strange time on the books of Barcelona, the club who made him their record signing

Should Arsenal, a club at a highly delicate stage of re-gearing, sign the mercurial, itinerant Philippe Coutinho? Should Paris Saint-Germain, three months into an impressively unified rebuild under Mauricio Pochettino, sign the exhilarating, weirdly doom-laden Philippe Coutinho?

On a similar note, should I stab myself through the upper thigh with the twinkly, finely-wrought, pearl-handled meat skewer I’ve just spotted lying over there on the floor before setting off on my run around the block this evening?

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