Without space at Barcelona and after a somewhat disappointing season at Bayern München, the creative Brazilian might return to a place where he was already very happy. But can Liverpool him sign him permanently or will they follow the strategy that Bayern adopted this season?
RETURNING TO A PLACE WHERE HE WAS ALREADY HAPPY…
There is a saying that says, “you should never return to a place where you’ve already been happy at”. However, on Philippe Coutinho’s case, that might be the most plausible solution for him to recover his best football quickly.
The Brazilian attacking midfielder disappointed on his first season playing for Barcelona after having been signed by an astronomical amount of 145 million euros. The expectation was that he could be the ideal replacement for Neymar, but Coutinho was never able to assert himself at the Blaugrana club.
21 goals and 11 assists on 76 official matches are numbers very inferior to the ones of Neymar and that originated a loan at the start of this season to Bayern München. In Germany, the former Liverpool player scored 9 goals and made 9 assists on 32 matches, in what represents a modest record for a player that plays on an advanced position of the pitch for such an offensively dominating club such as Bayern.
That way, Coutinho should finish his loan to the Bavarians without the clause option in the order of 100 million euros being activated. But with no room in Catalunya, everything suggests that Coutinho will once again be traded this Summer and Liverpool might already be eyeing a player that shined when playing for the Reds during five seasons.
Jurgen Klopp is a fan of his qualities and he certainly wished he could count with another offensive maestro that could intermediate or even follow the offensive trio now formed by Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
NEW LOAN MIGHT BE THE MOST LOGICAL OPTION
Despite Barcelona’s likely predisposition to sell the Brazilian player during the next transfer window, the truth is that the recent devaluation of the player will complicate the intention of the club’s board to sell his asset for a value that covers a good portion of the investment of 145 million euros.
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In that sense, Liverpool might try a similar move to Bayern München’s one by offering around 10 million euros for a one-season loan with option to buy him at the end of that period. Taking into consideration the cash inflow made with Bayern (8.5 million + salaries) and with a potential similar one with Liverpool next season, Barcelona could even accept selling the Brazilian attacker permanently for an amount around 60 million euros at the end of the new loan.
At least, that seems to be Liverpool’s strategy that could that way check if the creative 27-years-old midfielder maintains his quality untouched during the entire season, and only then advance towards a purchase that could reach a total of 75 million euros, roughly half the amount they sold the player to Barcelona for.
ENGLISH COMPETITION MIGHT RUIN PLANS
Liverpool seems to be more focused in hiring a versatile striker in the next transfer window with Timo Werner being the preferred target right now, which means the club sees Coutinho’s option more as a business opportunity than exactly a priority target.
To complicate this deal, other English clubs might come into the scene with Tottenham being a strong potential contender, taking into consideration the need of the Londoners to reinforce their creative sector after Christian Eriksen’s departure.
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With José Mourinho leading a team that should go through a small renewal in the Summer, it is likely that Coutinho will be one of the names on top of the table and the Brazilian could even be interested by this project that could give offer him more opportunities of playing than at Liverpool.
Manchester United has also been pointed as potentially interested on the Brazilian player, but after Bruno Fernandes’ arrival, it is not very likely that the club from Manchester invests on a no. 10 that limits the freedom of the creative Portuguese midfielder.
Philippe Coutinho should really make his return to English football next season and this will be a golden opportunity to recover the magnificent football that he presented at Liverpool and that convinced Barcelona to invest a lot of money on his services. Liverpool and Tottenham are the clubs in better positions to receive him on a loan or permanently, but Barcelona will not want to lose this asset for a very low amount of money. Let the negotiations begin…