According to the latest reports, Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho may leave the club in the summer.
Coutinho has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season. The 24-year-old creative midfielder is now considered as a highly rated talent in the world. The Brazilian sensation is a top transfer target for various big European clubs including Barcelona, Bayern Munich and PSG.
Back in 2013, Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for a reported fee of £8.5m. He has played over 150 games for the Merseyside club, scoring 40 goals in that time period. In his fifth season with the Reds, Coutinho and his team will be looking to win the Premier League.
But if the player chooses to move away from Anfield, then Liverpool will look to maximize their profit. The current market price suggests that Coutinho will cost at least £40m.
As per the media outlet Express, Liverpool feels it is likely Coutinho will move on this summer. Many big European clubs including Barcelona and PSG have shown their interest in the past.
Spanish champions Barcelona will aim to lure the creative midfielder as a perfect replacement for the veteran Andres Iniesta. In addition to that, fellow Brazilian team-mate Neymar will have to play a key role in influencing Coutinho to join the Catalan club.
Former Brazil and Barcelona superstar, Ronaldinho said Coutinho is one of the best players in Europe and Liverpool will try to keep him.
“[Coutinho] has been one of the standout players in Europe this season and I know there is a lot of admiration for him at Barcelona,” said Ronaldinho.
“Liverpool will want to keep him, they have built the team around him. But when you play at that level then there is always interest.”
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In addition, Paris St-Germain tried to sign the player with a bid of £22 million in the summer, but they failed to land him. Now they are weighing up a £40m January bid while Barcelona and Bayern Munich are also-also keen.
According to the sources close to Coutinho, it is clear that he will be looking to join Barcelona soon. But it is highly unlikely that a move will happen in January.
Coutinho hasn’t played a single game for the last seven weeks with ankle ligament problems. He is currently recovering from the injury and is also hoping to make a comeback on New Year’s clash with Manchester City.