Barcelona superstar Philippe Coutinho is set to stay at the club despite rumors linking him to an exit, according to reports in Spain.
The Brazilian midfielder joined Barcelona on a record-breaking € 135million contract in 2018 amid much fanfare. However, his career has fallen sharply since then, and he also suffered a series of injuries.
In an attempt to offload him, Barcelona sent the Brazilian to Bayern Munich on loan and Coutinho helped them win the UEFA Champions League. However, the Bavarians did not exercise their option to buy him and he returned to Barcelona, where he continues to fight for playing time to this day.
Overall, the former Liverpool man has only appeared 90 times for Barcelona since his transfer in 2018, scoring 23 times and assisting 14 goals. While he is, by all means, an indispensable player for the Blaugrana, a report from Diario AS suggests they might have a hard time offloading him.
His injuries, poor form and high wages led him to run out of potential suitors to help Barcelona get him off the books. This could see Coutinho staying at Camp Nou for the foreseeable future.
The 29-year-old is currently recovering from an injury after rupturing his outer meniscus, which ruled him out of the ongoing 2021 Copa America in Brazil.
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Barcelona star Coutinho open to return from England
Despite reports claiming Coutinho are expected to stay at Barcelona, the Brazilian continues to be linked with a return to England. He was rumored to be on the radar of Premier League clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and their former side Liverpool last year.
Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has openly expressed his client’s position upon his return to England. Speaking about the Barcelona midfielder last year, the agent expressed;
“It’s no secret that he [Coutinho] wants to return to the Premier League if he can; he loves playing in the Premier League and is adored in the Premier League. It’s one of his priorities… but he’s not against staying at Barcelona either, so it’s very open. “
“There is a lot of interest in Philippe because he is a great player and a great success. There is always interest.”
More recently, Coutinho has been linked with a reunion with his former coach Brendan Rodgers at Leicester City. If they could afford Coutinho, he could potentially replace James Maddison, who has attracted interest from other clubs including Arsenal and Chelsea.
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