Leicester could make a shocking bid to rope in Coutinho from Barcelona

The English club remains interested in the Barca midfielder, who could change his ways this summer.

Philippe Coutinho celebrated his 29th birthday this past Saturday while waiting to decide his future at FC Barcelona. The midfielder is still in Brazil recovering from the operation he underwent in early April to fix his meniscus problems and his name has been reported along with a few others for possible departures from Camp Nou this summer.

One of the teams that are keeping a tab on Coutinho’s future is Leicester City and reports from England suggest that the ‘Foxes’ could make a move for the Brazilian midfielder. Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has worked with Coutinho at Liverpool and is thought to be keen to bring the player back to the Premier League carpet.

It remains to be seen whether Leicester submits a transfer offer for Coutinho – who is valued by Barcelona at around 20 million euros – or else ask for a loan of one season, as it happened with Bayern Munich two seasons ago.

Barcelona would be keen to let Coutinho leave the Camp Nou as it frees up the wage bill, but they hope to be able to enter some money to recover part of the investment they made in their day to sign him from Liverpool. Barcelona signed Coutinho from Liverpool in January 2018. The fee paid to Liverpool for Coutinho was reported to be an initial £105 million, which could rise to £142 million with various clauses being met.

On 19 August 2019, Coutinho joined German club Bayern Munich on a season-long loan. On 14 August, Coutinho came on in the second half of their Champions League quarter-final match against his parent club Barcelona, assisting Robert Lewandowski in the 82nd minute for the 6th goal and scoring the last 2 goals at 85th and 89th minutes to complete the 8–2 routing.

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