According to GOAL, Barcelona are hoping to cash in on Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho this summer and would ideally like to find a Premier League buyer.
The 27-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at German champions Bayern Munich and now looks to be on the way out of the Camp Nou permanently.
His time at Barcelona never really got off the ground following a £140m deal to bring him to Spain from Liverpool in 2018.
Bayern Munich did have a clause in their loan deal with Barcelona wherein they could buy Coutinho for £70m at the end of the two year spell.
They have decided not to trigger that clause and, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Coutinho’s value continues to fall.
Barcelona are trying to negotiate deals for the likes of Lautaro Martinez and Neymar Jr this summer and, as a result, need to generate some serious cash.
As a result, it’s only natural they should try and target a sale to the most lucrative league in the world – the Premier League.
According to Coutinho’s agent, the Brazilian would “love” a return to English football and, of course, that seems to be the ideal scenario for his club too.
Currently, Coutinho is valued at £50m by TransferMarkt and has seen his value consistently fall since October 2018.
He hasn’t been valued this low since early 2017, during his time at Liverpool.
Barcelona are hoping to recoup a fee of at least £40m for Coutinho and, given his supreme talent, that shouldn’t be too much of an issue for Premier League clubs – well, under normal circumstances it wouldn’t be.
Transfer business looks like;y to take a serious hit this summer and the likelihood of major deals going through are dropping quickly.
Clubs have been seriously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with some top clubs even looking to offload some first team stars to generate some much needed revenue.
Despite that, I have heard of a certain north east football club due to get some Saudi Arabian investment in the near future.
I wonder if Coutinho likes bridges and bad weather…