Philippe Coutinho wants to leave Barcelona and Liverpool are interested but only for a reduced price - football

Philippe Coutinho wants to leave Barcelona and Liverpool are interested but only for a reduced price



Philippe Coutinho is tempted by a return to Liverpool (Picture: Getty Images)
Both Liverpool and Philippe Coutinho are interested in a reunion this summer, but Barcelona have other plans, according to reports in Spain.
The 27-year-old left Anfield for the Nou Camp in January 2018 for an initial fee of £105m, but he has not quite had the impact that Barcelona had hoped for.
The Brazilian has scored 21 goals in 75 appearances, but has never nailed down a guaranteed starting spot in the first XI and would suffer further if transfer targets Neymar and Antoine Griezemann arrive in Catalonia.
After winning the Copa America with Brazil this summer, Coutinho is looking to move on from his unsettled time in Spain and prefers a return to the Premier League over a switch to, interested party, Paris Saint-Germain, according to Mundo Deportivo. However, Barca would prefer to use Coutinho as a makeweight in a deal to bring Neymar back to the club from PSG than let him return to England.
Coutinho left Liverpool in January 2018 (Picture: Getty Images)
The playmaker is likely to push for his preferred option, but another problem will be that Liverpool are unwilling to pay the same amount they sold Coutinho for just 18 months ago.
The initial £105m came with the potential of add-on fees taking it to £142m, with around £13.5m of these additional fees reportedly being paid already.
How high Liverpool are willing to go for their former player is yet to be seen, but it would be considerably less...
source: metro-liverpool
URL source: http://metro.co.uk/tag/liverpool-fc/

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