Barcelona reluctant to keep Philippe Coutinho if Bayern fail to secure permanent deal

    Philippe Coutinho will not play for Barcelona again regardless of whether or not Bayern Munich keep him permanently at the end of the season, reports in England suggest

    Barcelona shipped Coutinho out to Bayern on a season-long loan with an option to buy last summer, and they appear to have no intention of giving him a second chance at the Camp Nou.

    The 27-year-old Brazilian has shown glimpses of his class this season, and the Bavarians are interested in keeping him permanently after his value dropped from £104million to £70million.

    However, even if they fail to reach an agreement with the Catalans in the summer, Coutinho will still not return to Barcelona, according to the Daily Mail.

    Quique Setien’s side will look to offload the former Liverpool man and use the money from his sale to fund the new signings, as they have no interest in taking him back.

    It is understood that the reigning La Liga holders could either use Coutinho as a makeweight in a deal to bring Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain or send him back to Liverpool.

    The Reds sold the Brazilian playmaker to Barcelona for £145million in January 2018 when he was at his peak but considered re-signing him last summer before Bayern showed up.

    Jurgen Klopp is eager to reinforce his squad in the next transfer window well aware his attacking department lacks depth and some extra quality.

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