Philippe Coutinho has three Premier League suitors as Barcelona look to offload Brazilian


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Barcelona are hoping to move Philippe Coutinho on this summer (Picture: Getty Images)

Barcelona are keen to get rid of Philippe Coutinho this summer, bringing to an end his expensive and underwhelming stay at the Camp Nou, and they believe three Premier League clubs are interested in his signature.

The Brazilian has previously been linked with a return to former club Liverpool but that is no longer a realistic option, but the trio of Arsenal, Everton and Leicester City are all thought to hold an interest in him, report Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo.

The 29-year-old moved from Liverpool to Barca in 2018 for a fee of £105m which could rise to as much as £142m with add-ons and incentives.

Three years later and Barcelona reportedly still owe the Reds around £35m from the initial deal and are desperate to avoid any more add-ons and unload his enormous wages from their costs, with Coutinho earning around £8.6m-a-year.

The Catalan giants are in terrible financial trouble, restricted to signing free agents this summer and would only be looking for around £35m for Coutinho as they work to get him off their books.

Coutinho’s contract at Barcelona runs until 2023, so they are especially keen to regain as much money for him now, with his valuation likely to continue to fall over the next year if he doesn’t leave.

After a reasonable start to his career in Spain things have gone downhill badly and a loan spell at Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 season didn’t seem to help.

The arrival of Ronald Koeman as manager last year has not improved his fortunes, making just 12 La Liga appearances in the season just gone, with only eight of those coming from the start.

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