Barcelona continue to work on selling players in order to fund new arrivals this summer, with Philippe Coutinho being one of those expected to leave the club.
The Brazilian wants to move on, while Barcelona themselves don’t think he has adapted well since joining the club from Liverpool in January 2018.
However, the playmaker won’t want to take much of a pay cut if he moves to another side and will want a wage similar to the 13.5 million euro salary he currently earns after tax.
Barcelona would be willing to sell if a high enough offer comes in, but where could Coutinho end up by the start of next season?
The French side want to strangthen their squad as they look to mount a challenge for the Champions League. Coutinho could join his good friend Neymar in Paris; the two have known each other since they were little and have played alongside each other for Brazil‘s youth and senior teams.
Along with PSG, Manchester City are arguably the most powerful club in Europe when it comes to financial backing. Coutinho would happily return to the Premier League, where he made his name with Liverpool, but there are doubts as to whether Pep Guardiola actually needs him. The Catalan coach already has a plethora of talent in Coutinho‘s position.
A possible move for Coutinho all depends on whether their transfer ban is suspended or lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Brazilian is definitely a transfer target for the Blues as they look to reinvest the money they have received from the sale of Eden Hazard.
No chance. Despite spending several successful years at Anfield, Liverpool have moved on after selling him 18 months ago. Jurgen Klopp has other priorities in terms of strengthening his team and a centre-back to partner Virgil van Dijk is high on the agenda.
Both clubs’ limited budgets make signing Coutinho a dream rather than a possibility.