Barcelona reduce Coutinho price tag as they face race against clock

    Barcelona have reportedly dropped their valuation of the out-of-favor star, Philippe Coutinho, to ‘just’ €70million to complete his sale within a week

    The reigning La Liga title-holders need to balance the books before the start of football’s new financial year and are in a hurry to offload Coutinho by the next week.

    Indeed, the Brazilian forward could fall victim to Barcelona’s desperate attempts to reduce their wage bill after suffering a financial fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Coutinho will return to the base after failing to convince Bayern Munich to make his loan move permanent, but Quique Setien has already made it clear the 28-year-old does not have a future at the Camp Nou.

    Although Barcelona dished out €160mto bring the former Inter Milan youngster to Spain from Liverpool in January 2018, they are now willing to let him leave for less than half of that figure, according to the Daily Mirror.

    Several Premier League sides, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and Newcastle United, have taken an interest in Coutinho, who could favor a return to England.

    However, all of the abovementioned sides are only looking to sign the Brazil international on loan with an option to buy, which does not fall within Barca’s plans.

    In fact, Barcelona are hopeful that they can sell their outcast outright or at least include an obligation to buy in a possible loan deal.

    But, with time working against them, the Catalan chiefs may have to find another solution to get rid of the club’s most expensive signing ever.

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