Following reports that Barcelona have agreed to allow Nou Camp ‘misfit’ Philippe Coutinho leave the club this summer, top clubs in the Premier League are reportedly making frantic efforts to lure the ex-Liverpool star to their side.
The top sides have been given the green light by the Brazilian’s desire to return to the Premier League where he shone like a million stars during his days at Anfield with Liverpool.
There are strong indications that Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspurs and his former club Liverpool are all keen to do business with Barcelona on a Coutinho loan deal.
Earlier reports suggests that Arsenal are in the forefront to bring the 27-year old back to England, but the exit of Laurent Koscielny – who has just signed for French side Bordeaux – may have diverted The Gunners’ attention more on the need to strengthen their back line, with barely 3 days to close of the transfer window.
It is also understood that the player’s £290,000/week wages may be too much a burden to bear for The Gunners.
It is also understood that Coutinho will not be disposed to a move to Old Trafford, as the Brazilian midfielder would be unwilling to play for Liverpool’s biggest rival on the domestic front.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, will be delighted to bring in a strong personality in the midfield – as an option for the ‘unsteady’ Paul Pogba, but it is very unlikely that that player will be Coutinho.
This could leave the door open for a potential return to Anfield where the Brazilian dazzled the faithfuls before leaving for Barcelona in a £142 million deal in January 2018. But the fact that Liverpool have been ‘hugely inactive’ as far as transfers go this summer may also be a sign of Jurgen Klopp’s contentment with his present squad. And this may mean ‘a no-return-scenario’ for the skillful midfielder.
Tottenham Hotspurs may well be the joker in this impending movement. With Christian Eriksen on the radar of Manchester United, Mauricio Pochettino may well be disposed to the possibility of bringing in a quality player like Coutinho on a loan deal – a move that will give the green light to Eriksen’s exit.
And a Champions League runner-up will definitely not be a bad destination for a player seeking to lay his hands on the coveted trophy.
By Uche Atuma
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