Philippe Coutinho ‘wants Premier League return’ as Man Utd and Arsenal ‘enquire’
Philippe Coutinho has set his sights on a move back to the Premier League this summer, with Manchester United and Arsenal eyeing up a potential deal.
The Brazilian has returned to Barcelona following his loan spell at Bayern Munich, who decided against exercising their option to buy him outright for £108million.
Barca are still keen to sell him in the summer transfer window, but new manager Ronald Koeman first wants to know the player’s intentions before making a final decision.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, Coutinho will tell Koeman he is targeting a return to the Premier League.
The 28-year-old enjoyed the best form of his career in England with Liverpool, where he developed into one of the most talented attacking midfielders in European football before sealing a £130million switch to Barca.
Both United and Arsenal have reportedly enquired about his situation at Barca, while Chelsea have also been linked with a move in recent months.
However, Coutinho and agent Kia Joorabchian could struggle to find a club willing to pay his £13million-a-year wages in the current climate.
That also comes as bad news for Barca, whose plans to reduce their hefty wage bill will be dented should they fail to find a buyer this summer.
The Spanish club aren’t prepared to offload Coutinho for anything less than £72million, nonetheless, meaning a loan deal could be the most likely outcome.
They benefitted from the midfielder’s loan stint at Bayern, raking in a £7.6million loan fee as well as 100 per cent of his wages for the season.
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Yet with club finances depleted throughout Europe amid the coronavirus crisis, Barca are unlikely to be presented with a similar offer this summer.
If nothing materialises, it is believed Koeman would be happy to have Coutinho in his Barca ranks next season – even if the club will not be.
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