Speculation linking former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho with a return to the Premier League is nothing new. But the Brazilian’s sad spell at Barcelona genuinely seems set to be coming to an finish this summer season, with the Catalans reportedly prepared to take an enormous loss on the participant they signed in a deal value a monumental £142million in January 2018. Leicester City have been linked with a transfer for the 29-year-old, who performed underneath Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers at Anfield. Here’s what we learn about City’s reported curiosity within the participant, a possible price, who else is linked and the Liverpool view… Foxes linked once more Coutinho is being linked with a potential transfer to the Foxes but once more. The former Liverpool star’s future at Barcelona is unsure, with the transfer window open for enterprise. Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo studies that Coutinho may very well be offered this summer season and names Leicester as a possible vacation spot. The Brazil playmaker was additionally linked with the Foxes final yr. Mundo claims Leicester have “positioned themselves” to signal Coutinho, whereas Arsenal and Everton have additionally “moved to recruit the Brazilian”.
Cut value price So eager are Barcelona to get him off their wage invoice, it’s instructed they may very well be prepared to simply accept simply 20million euros, simply over £17million. But whereas that price ticket could be throughout the Foxes’ attain, it’s questionable whether or not his wages calls for could be. A possible answer to that may be a mortgage spell – that has been mooted – which might see Barca cowl a portion of his wages.
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Who else has been linked? A number of golf equipment have been linked with Coutinho over the past yr. He had a mortgage spell at Bayern Munich in 2019/20, however the German giants reportedly baulked on the transfer price they have been quoted, mentioned to be in extra of £100million. Arsenal, Tottenham and even Everton, which might be a shock transfer given his historical past with Liverpool, are additionally mentioned to have held an curiosity in Coutinho.
Philippe Coutinho in motion for Bayern Munich
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However, Leicester’s presence within the Europa League subsequent season may make them a extra enticing proposition. Tottenham shall be within the third-tier Europa Conference League whereas Arsenal and Everton don’t have any European soccer to look ahead to in 2021/22.
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The Liverpool view Many Reds followers wish to see him again at Anfield. With hypothesis linking Foxes midfielder Youri Tielemans with a transfer to Anfield raging, some Liverpool supporters have mentioned their membership ought to make a bid for Coutinho as an alternative of the Belgian. Coutinho, it appears, would definitely be a less expensive possibility when it comes to transfer price, however a return to the pink facet of Merseyside seems extremely unlikely.
Brendan Rodgers with Philippe Coutinho throughout their Liverpool days
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In our sister title, the Liverpool Echo, soccer reporter Theo Squires wrote: “There was a time when Reds would have been determined for his or her membership to re-sign Coutinho, however, even at £20m, it will be a shock to see Jurgen Klopp transfer for his former talisman. “After all, the very fact he finds himself now linked with Leicester, and for the price range determine mooted too, present simply how far he has fallen since leaving Liverpool. “The Foxes may be FA Cup holders however a second-successive top-four collapse highlights he could be formally stepping away from European soccer’s high desk.” Would you wish to see Coutinho at Leicester? Have your say within the feedback part beneath…