Barcelona residents joke that Philippe Coutinho's house is jinxed

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Philippe Coutinho has been at Barcelona for 15 months but his dream move hasn’t exactly gone to plan.

The Brazilian forced a move from Liverpool to the Camp Nou in January 2018 for a fee that could rise to £146 million.

Upon signing for Blaugrana, Coutinho declared "I am very happy, it is a dream come true and I hope to meet all expectations in the field."

But Coutinho hasn’t exactly ‘met expectations’ following his big-money move.

The midfielder has struggled for consistency during his Barca career and, according to reports, could even leave the club this summer.

Spanish outlet Sport claim Barcelona are willing to let Coutinho leave for £110 million this summer.

So what’s gone so wrong for him?

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Well local residents in Castelldefels, a town between the sea and the mountains outside of Barcelona, claim that it’s because of his house.

Let us explain:

Cesc Fabregas bought the mansion just weeks before he was sold to Chelsea in the summer of 2014.

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That same summer, Thomas Vermaelen moved in. The defender has managed just 52 appearances since then with his Barca career riddled with injury.

When Vermaelen joined Roma on loan for the 2016/17 campaign, Andre Gomes - who arrived for an initial £25 million, plus a further £15 million in instalments - moved in.

But he’s now been shipped on loan to Everton after a very underwhelming start to life in Catalonia.

Then it was Coutinho’s turn to move into this ‘cursed’ house.

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And Coutinho has Luis Suarez to blame for helping him find it.

"'No, presidente, there is no need for a hotel. I already have a house for him," Suarez is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail as Barca agreed a deal with Liverpool.

"He saw that a house next to his became available," Coutinho added.

"It's a kind gesture. We've seen the pictures, the views look amazing. We are in touch all the time and I look forward to seeing the property with my family. I know Luis will help us to feel at home."

But Suarez clearly hadn’t done his research in the history of the occupants.

If Coutinho does stay at Barcelona beyond the summer, he’d do well to move house and escape the curse…

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