Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona Confirms Coutinho Squad Number

Barcelona have announced new signing Philippe Coutinho will wear the number 14 shirt made vacant by Javier Mascherano.

Coutinho joined Barça from Liverpool on 6 January and could make his long-awaited debut when Ernesto Valverde’s men host Espanyol in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie on Thursday.

And when he finally does make his Blaugrana bow, he will follow in the footsteps of such luminaries as Johan Cruyff, Amunike, Gerard López and Thierry Henry by wearing the number 14 jersey.

The news comes after it was confirmed earlier on Wednesday that Mascherano – who made 334 appearances for the Catalan club has signed for Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune.

Reports in Spain have indicated the number seven shirt, worn by Arda Turan, Pedro and David Villa among others, is being held for the arrival of Antoine Griezmann. But Barça have “strongly denied” claims they have agreed a deal to bring in the France forward at the end of the season.

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