Philippe Coutinho could still make a return to Anfield in the summer, claim reports originating from Spain today.
The 27-year-old Brazilian was linked with a possible move to Liverpool during the last transfer window but nothing materialised because of the financial implications. Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp commented privately at that time that he would have liked to have taken him back and he basically said as much publicly, however such a move wouldn’t have made sense because of the money that would have been involved and in particular his salary. Instead, Coutinho went on to sign for Bayern Munich on a season-long loan.
Bayern have the option to sign Coutinho at the end of the loan deal for a fee believed to be around £104million. Reports state that the German outfit are currently picking up his £11million-a-year wages, having also paid out an initial £8million by way of a loan fee.
If Bayern choose not to take up the option to make Coutinho’s deal permanent, the suggestions are that Barcelona will offer him to Premier League clubs for a reduced fee and Liverpool’s name has already been mooted. It’s no secret that he was desperate to try and force a move back to Anfield in the summer ahead of possible moves to the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham. Liverpool, however, didn’t step up with a firm offer.
What appears clear is that no matter how Coutinho fairs in Germany this season, Barcelona don’t want him back. The former Liverpool ace would have to take a substantial pay reduction to secure a move back to Merseyside and Liverpool would, of course, look to screw Barcelona over with the fee. Barcelona know that selling Coutinho back to Liverpool on the cheap would be embarrassing so they will obviously try and drum up interest with other Premier League clubs before considering that course of action.
Bayern have a strong interest in Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz and are believed to be making attempts to recruit him next year, as are Liverpool. However, as things stand, Bayern wouldn’t be able to afford both Havertz and Coutinho so that could influence the Brazilian’s future. The current valuation of Coutinho is also unlikely to interest Bayern. They would almost certainly want to negotiate that down.
There’s no suggestion that Liverpool are currently looking at Coutinho but it’s not something that we’d immediately rule out. We’d advise you monitor speculation surrounding him towards the end of the season.
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