A report from the Evening Standard suggests that Barcelona will only discuss with teams who are willing to part with between £70 to 80 million ($85 to 98 million) for midfielder Philippe Coutinho. The two teams that have been linked with the Brazil international thus far are Manchester United and Chelsea.
It appears that the move is in preparation for the club’s targeted signings such as Lautaro Martinez and former star Neymar. Regardless, Coutinho has not been that spectacular at Bayern where he is currently on loan as the Bundesliga giants will likely pass on the £105 million ($128 million) to make his deal permanent at the Allianz Arena.
It can be recalled that Philippe Coutinho was signed from Liverpool in 2018 in a deal worth £142 million ($174 million). His current asking price seems reasonable when compared to their aforementioned price that saw him move to Camp Nou. However, the current pandemic is sure to strain the financial resources of clubs and make the asking price a huge one to come up with.
When Man United and Chelsea are placed side by side, the Red Devils appear as favorites with regards to meeting the asking price. Meanwhile, Chelsea legend Frank Leboeuf believes that Coutinho would be of no help to Chelsea.
He admitted that the Brazilian was spectacular at Liverpool but has regressed since his move to Barcelona and Bayern Munich. In a chat with ESPN FC, he said:
“I don’t know where his place would be. If I was the chairman, if I was the coach, I would be very hesitant to pick him up,” Leboeuf said.