Philippe Coutinho’s nightmare for Barcelona may be coming to an end when the attacking midfielder is linked to the news of his return to England in the winter. The Brazilian has failed to light up Camp Nou since moving to Liverpool in January 2018 with a club record.
The 29-year-old has played 94 matches for the Catalan club, including 23 goals and 14 assists, but has been injured for a long time. The Brazilian international also spent a season on loan at Bayern Munich, where he won the treble, including taking part in Barcelona’s exit from the Champions League.
Coutinho looked to find some form under Ronald Koeman last season, but a knee injury saw the Brazilians spend the other half of the campaign on the sidelines. He has fully recovered and is part of the Dutch manager’s squad but has only made two appearances so far this season.
According to the Catalan publication Al Nation.Coutinho’s stay at Camp Nou could end with Premier League clubs Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur wanting to sign the midfielder during the January transfer window. It is said that Barcelona is open to allowing Brazil International to go and it will not be an obstacle in its way.
Coutinho will not charge a hefty fee Due to his lack of form and with the Catalan club is sure to suffer a big loss. In addition, Barcelona will have to pay an additional 20 20m (.1 17.1m) to Liverpool if the Brazilian makes 100 appearances for the club, and the midfielder currently has 94 appearances, a possibility if he does not leave soon. ۔
Barcelona are struggling financially and will be happy to get the midfielder’s salary out of the books as soon as possible. However, it remains to be seen if either Arsenal or Spurs can afford the midfielder’s wage demands if he decides to return to the Premier League.
Arsenal have already spent more than squad 120m on the squad this summer to bolster their squad, including 30 30m on Norwegian striker Martin Odigard. It remains to be seen whether he will add another midfielder to the home side’s ability.
Spurs, on the other hand, could do with a new creative outlet that failed to replace Christian Eriksen. Both Dele Alli and Tanguy Ndombele remain current manager options with a failure to influence the campaign.
Coutinho was linked with a return to Liverpool this summer, but the report claims that it is unlikely that Jurgen Klopp will sign the midfielder again. The Brazilians will be hoping to secure a move to play official football, especially with the 2022 World Cup approaching.