Manchester United and Chelsea will have to meet Barcelona’s asking price of £70million in order to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer, reports say. The Brazil international is likely to be sold as the La Liga giants target transfers for PSG’s Neymar and Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez. And Coutinho could be set for a stunning Premier League return.
During his time at Liverpool, Coutinho was regarded as one of the best players on the planet.
However, since leaving for Barcelona in a huge £142million transfer deal back in January 2018, the Brazil international’s stock has plummeted.
Coutinho endured a rough 18 months at the Nou Camp before leaving for Bayern Munich on loan last summer – but his spell at the Allianz Arena has been tricky, too.
The 27-year-old was a regular under Niko Kovac but has found life in Germany far tougher since the appointment of Hans-Dieter Flick as manager.
Bayern aren’t expected to sign Coutinho regularly, which has given United and Chelsea hope of securing the player’s signature this summer.
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And Goal say it will cost them £70m if they’re to bring the Brazilian back to the Premier League.
For both clubs, finances wouldn’t be a problem.
Chelsea were banned from signings last summer and saved plenty of money in the process, particularly given Eden Hazard’s departure to Real Madrid.
And United also have the financial muscle in order to sign Coutinho, with the Red Devils among the richest clubs on the planet.
Arsenal have been linked with Countinho but the player’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, insisted his fondness of the Gunners won’t impact the player.
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“The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter is not a secret,” he told Sky Sports.
“I don’t have any preference where the players go.
“I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility.
“The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.”
Speaking recently, United legend Rio Ferdinand insisted his old side didn’t need Coutinho – because of Bruno Fernandes.
“At Liverpool he was an amazing player, but since he left Liverpool he hasn’t really done it yet,” Ferdinand said while taking questions on his official Instagram feed.
“He struggled at Barcelona, struggled to fit in there and then he hasn’t done amazingly well at Bayern.
“I think he is a great player, a huge talent, I think he needs saving.
“Coming into the Premier League to the right team would be a saviour for him – he needs that.
“I would have said Man United before Bruno Fernandes turned up, but not now.”
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