Barcelona in talks with Premier League club over the transfer of Phillipe Coutinho
Coutinho was brought in from Liverpool in the winter of 2018. The club expected him to fill the void left by Neymar’s departure 6 months ago.
And for that Barca paid Liverpool a record transfer fee of 140 million euros. The sum made the Brazilian one of the most expensive footballers ever.
Coutinho however has hugely underperformed for Barcelona ever since his arrival. It makes him one of the most flop transfers the club has ever made.
Coutinho’s talents however are unquestionable. And he still has got enough football in him to try his luck elsewhere.
And right now Everton seem to be highly intent on bringing him back to the Premier League. From the likes of James Rodriguez, Yerry Mina and Gerard Deulofeu, Everton have managed to turn around the careers of several La Liga flops.
The Merseyside club are willing to pay 35-40 million euros for the midfielder. The Brazilian however is still recovering from a knee injury. Reports suggest that it may keep him out of action for the rest of this season.
On top of the mammoth 140 million euros transfer fee there are still a lot of unpaid variables that Barca owe to Liverpool. And one of them is a 20 million euro fee once the player completes 100 appearances in a blaugrana shirt.
The Brazilian may be on his way out this summer
All these variables have now made the club even more desperate to offload him. Coutinho has already played 90 games for the club. And the board does not want to pay an additional 20 million for a player who has flopped greatly.
The sun’s report claims that Everton are hell bent on securing the services of Coutinho. And they have even started house hunting for him in the city.
Coutinho’s transfer is more than desirable for any Barcelona fan. His numbers at Liverpool were amazing. He was in short almost a Premier League legend.
Now by securing a move back to Everton, Coutinho would love to wipe the slate clean. A new beginning is all that he needs right now. And it will be beneficial for all the parties.