BARCELONA – FC Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho became a so-called “communitarian player,” meaning Barça will not have to exclude any of its new signings and can play with three other non-European Union players, sources from the La Liga champion told EFE on Friday.
Coutinho was granted his new legal status due to his wife’s Portuguese nationality, although this situation has nothing to do with the communitarian passport, which he does not yet hold.
Barcelona has recently been struggling with having four non-EU players – Chile’s Arturo Vidal, Brazil’s Coutinho, Arthur Melo and Malcom Filipe Silva – and exceeding the limit of three non-EU nationality players.
Now, with Coutinho’s change in legal status, they are all eligible for the Spanish Super Cup clash against Sevilla on Sunday, in the Moroccan city of Tangier.
Up until Thursday, Barcelona had two other non-EU players – Brazil’s Marlon Sanots and Colombia’s Yerry Mina – but both were transferred to OGC Nice and Everton, respectively.