Former Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho could leave Barcelona in a cut-price deal this summer, just 18 months after joining the club for £142million.
According to reports, the LaLiga champions are ready to listen to offers for the Brazilian star who has struggled to make an impact since arriving at the Nou Camp.
It is sensationally claimed Barcelona would be willing to take a significant loss to get him off their books, and would discuss offers starting at just €80m (£68.8m).
Coutinho was a key man in a Liverpool shirt, and was one of the Premier League’s top talents during his time in England.
He was expected to play a big part in the Barcelona team, but it hasn’t quite worked out for the 26-year-old in Spain.
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The playmaker has nine goals and five assists this season. He started 16 games and made ten substitute appearances in the league, but hasn’t completed a full 90 minutes since January.
The reports of a possible exit will surely have Liverpool fans hoping for a dream return to Anfield, but that is reportedly not on the cards.
Manchester United have also been linked with an interest in the Brazil international but, according to Goal, Coutinho is unlikely to consider a move back to the Premier League after his family’s struggle to adapt to life in England.
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Instead, Paris Saint-Germain is said to be a more likely destination.
The French champions are one of the only European clubs that could afford to pay Barca’s asking price, plus the player’s wages. Coutinho is reportedly the third-highest earner at the Nou Camp on £240,000-a-week.
The prospect of joining international team-mates Neymar, Thiago Silva and Marquinhos is also bound to appeal, however it is claimed no approach has yet been made by PSG.
Barcelona are ten points clear at the top of LaLiga and are still fighting for trophies in the Copa del Rey and Champions League, so there is still time for Coutinho to prove his doubters in Spain wrong.
But given his current standing in the Barcelona pecking order, it’s likely he will be forced to consider his future when the transfer window opens if things don’t improve.
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