Barcelona would reportedly ask for a compensation fee of around £9million to sanction Philippe Coutinho’s loan move to any side interested in his services
Coutinho has spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Bayern Munich, but his struggling for form and consistency throughout the season has seen the Bavarians decide against purchasing the Brazilian permanently.
Although the initial loan agreement between Barcelona and the runaway Bundesliga leaders includes a £107m buy-out clause, the former Liverpool playmaker will return to the Camp Nou this summer.
Since Quique Setien has already discarded Coutinho as a possible first-team contender for the next season, the 27-year-old will leave La Liga again when the transfer window reopens for business.
Heavily linked with a return to the Premier League, where he spent the brightest years of his professional career, the Barcelona record signing could end up joining some of Liverpool’s fierce rivals.
Indeed, Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Chelsea have all shown ambition to capture Coutinho’s signature, especially the Gunners, who have already initiated contacts with the player’s representatives.
Now, the English sides’ pursuit of the ex-Inter Milan man has received a boost, as the Catalan outfit set a fairly affordable £9m asking price to let their flop move on loan, according to the Daily Mail.
Before linking up with Barcelona, Coutinho has been widely regarded as one of the best players in his position on the planet, but his inability to settle in Spain has seen his career take a downwards curve.
Hopeful that he could rediscover his Anfield form on familiar territory, the Brazil international could accept to return to the Premier League.
Meanwhile, his current employees are desperate to recoup the most of the £142m they dished out to bring him from Liverpool in January 2018.
Offloading Coutinho, as well as, several other outcasts is part of Barcelona’s agenda to raise funds to finance their transfer plans in the upcoming transfer session.