West Ham United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Leicester City have been offered the chance to sign Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho this summer.
According to The Sunday Mirror (printed edition), Barcelona have offered Coutinho to three different Premier League clubs in a cut-price deal as they look to get rid of the Brazilian’s staggering wages.
The 29-year-old, who enjoyed the best time of his career at Liverpool, has been on the fringes at Camp Nou and will leave the club in the coming weeks.
Cash-strapped Barcelona need to offload several high earners to reduce the ballooning wage bill, and the ex-Inter Milan playmaker is one of them.
After a few failed attempts to ship him out, Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has now approached three Premier League sides to discuss his client’s future.
Any loan deal involving the Brazilian would require the receiving party to fund at least 60% of the attacking midfielder’s £7.7m-a-year wages.
It is understood that West Ham entertain the idea of signing Coutinho to increase the firepower upfront after failing to extend Jesse Lingard’s stay in London.
The Englishman was absolutely crucial to the Hammers’ top-six charge in the Premier League in the second half of last season.
However, Manchester United have turned down their attempt to sign Lingard on another loan, leaving David Moyes short of reliable attacking options.
Coutinho’s career has taken a downward trajectory since his move to Barcelona. So a return to the Premier League could be an attractive prospect for him.