The Brazilian ended a loan spell with Bayern Munich, which chose not to exercise their option to buy him for €120 million.
Coutinho wants to return to the Premier League
Philippe Coutinho’s future is a series of issues that Barcelona needs to find a solution. The Brazilian ended a loan spell with Bayern Munich, which chose not to exercise their option to buy him for €120 million. He will now return to Camp Nou to negotiate with Ronald Koeman, who wants to know the player’s goals before making a final decision. Coutinho will tell the Blaugrana’s new boss that he is not sure about staying at the club after the summer. Instead, the midfielder would prefer to return to the Premier League. It was in England under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool exactly where Coutinho enjoyed his best years to date. Several Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal, have inquired about his situation.
A loan deal is the most likely option for the Brazilian
Arsenal could profit from the excellent relationship they have with the Brazilian’s agent. The challenge for Coutinho and Barcelona is finding a club willing to pay their net salary of €15 million a year. There are very few clubs that can pay that kind of money in the current climate, which is bad news for Barcelona. If they cannot move the 28-year-old, they will have to pay him their salary, pushing aside their goal of cutting wages at the club. The prospect of bringing Coutinho back to the payroll has prompted Barcelona to find a move for him this summer. However, the Catalan club is not ready to accept any proposals under €80 million at the moment. So a loan deal is the most likely option.
Coutinho’s loan transfer to Bayern Munich worked well for his parent club, which was able to demand €8.5m in loan fees and offload wages for the season. However, the deal was negotiated over a year ago, and the lack of disposable income in the current market makes a move tougher this time around. If nothing comes to a realization, Koeman will be glad to have the Brazil international in his team next season, even if the club won’t be.