Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool for a record £ 145million for Barcelona but after a few disappointing years the Spaniard is now set to return to the Premier League
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Barcelona flop Philipe Coutinho is set to make a shocking return to the Premier League but former club Liverpool will not be in the running to sign him.
The £ 145m playmaker came to Barcelona as the Premier League’s most expensive export in January 2018 but was unable to restore his Liverpool form.
In the middle of a struggling Barcelona, the Spaniard has only played 82 minutes in La Liga as the Spanish giant looks like a shadow of himself.
A number of long-term problems came to a head at Barcelona this season when longtime talisman Lionel Messi left for Paris and financial problems brought the Catalan club to their knees.
As Barcelona struggles into a new era, the club are increasingly turning to their youngsters through some of their higher earners like Coutinho.
The Spanish giants owe over £ 1 billion in debt, partly in such a situation as their players’ salaries at one point represented 103% of the club’s revenue.
Players like Coutinho have high salaries and have not yet been removed from their books despite the club’s efforts.
However, Spanish media are now reporting that two London clubs are considering moving the Brazilian as Liverpool have made a decision on a possible return.
El Nacional have reported that both Arsenal and Tottenham are considering a move for Coutinho and that a move could take place in January.
Mikel Arteta, faced with yet another transfer mistake with joining Arsenal, has been branded a “secret” Philippe Coutinho’s Premier League comments as transfer opportunities arise
The Spanish outlet also hinted that Liverpool have lost all interest in bringing Coutinho home.
Liverpool have been a revitalized side this season, reminiscent of their Premier League winning side two years earlier.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are undefeated in all competitions, but with a number of international competitions coming up after Christmas, including the Africa Cup of Nations, the team could lose a number of key players.
This means the Reds could potentially be forced to venture into the transfer market in January.
Coutinho won the 2019/20 Champions League on loan to Bayern Munich, scoring two goals against Barcelona in the infamous 8-2 drubbing.
Back in Barcelona, however, he falls out of favor with coach Ronald Koeman.
So far, Barca have taken two out of five wins in La Liga and are in seventh place in the league on foreign territory, slowly falling behind rivals Real Madrid.
Koeman started Coutinho in the club’s last two games, but the 29-year-old only managed an hour in the 1-1 draw with Granada and just 22 minutes in the goalless draw with Cadiz (not Thursday).
Barcelona have made a number of signings this summer, all on free agents.
While some like Manchester City’s Eric Garcia struggled to adjust, Memphis Depay was a rare beacon of hope at times.
The Dutchman moved from Lyon and has filled the vacuum that Lionel Messi left at the club as much as possible.
Barcelona have also recently been linked with a move from Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.
The Frenchman’s current contract expires at the end of next summer, which means he will be able to speak freely to potential applicants from January.
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