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Philippe Coutinho agent message is clear but Liverpool will not listen – Liverpool Echo



June 4, 2020
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The Philippe Coutinho charm offensives continue.

The Brazilian, seemingly desperate to end a disappointing spell at Barcelona, has been using his agent, Kia Joorabchian, to flutter his eyelashes as often as he can in the Premier League’s direction over the last few months.

After a frustrating time at Barca following his £142million switch from Liverpool in January 2018, Coutinho moved to Bayern Munich last August, rolling the dice once more as he took the decision to join the German giants on loan.

After initially starting brightly, the former Reds star began to fade and despite playing 22 times in the Bundesliga this season, it has long been reported thatBayern would not be making the move permanent.

Unsurprisingly, Bayern have allowed their option to make the deal permanent for €120m (£105m) expire and are certain to let Coutinho return to Barcelona at the end of the campaign.

Ankle surgery at the end of April may have all but endedCoutinho‘s spell in Germany already and his representative has been publicly shopping him around to England’s top clubs the past few months.

Back in April, Joorabchian said: “Of course the Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, loved playing in and would love to come back and play in.

“Everything is a possibility I think. The situation is what is going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs.

“What is going to be the situation in terms of who can actually afford to take new transfers in and how those transfers occur. Every club will have a different position.

“I also think we as a society and in the football world have to be very conscious that the numbers cannot become crazy going forward.”

There was certainly some sense to Joorabchian’s comments surrounding the financial uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has and will cause all clubs across football.

His words are likely to ring true as the game’s big-hitters simply won’t be spending exorbitant sums when the window opens.

But there can also be a school of thought that suggests Joorabchian was publicly urging Barcelona to lower an asking price for a player who he readily admits has spoken privately about where his next destination might be.

Philippe Coutinho in action for Bayern Munich

Philippe Coutinho in action for Bayern Munich

“Pre all the situation over the virus, after the Champions League games when he played in England (against Chelsea for Bayern Munich), we had a long chat about [his future],” Joorabchain said at the time.

Those comments,delivered back in April, were followed up with further discussions of Coutinho’s next destination this week.

Once more, Joorabchian made no bones about the attacking midfielder wanting to return to England.

“He has a desire to come back to the Premier League at some point,” Joorabchian told Sky Sports.

“It may not happen this year, it may happen this year but we don’t know. We really have not discussed anything for now.”

The message is clear. Premier League clubs, come and get him.

But while the natural inclination, to some, may be to suggest an emotional ‘homecoming’ back to Anfield, there is little prospect ofLiverpoolentering the running for him.

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Coutinho, at 27, should now be entering his prime, but after stuttering for much of the last two-and-a-half years, the Reds will be steering clear of a player who will still command a transfer fee that would be a club record for the Reds.

Coutinho’s name still produces intrigue and interest from the Liverpool fanbase; he left Anfield at the peak of his powers in January 2018 and was set to become of the world’s very best at Barcelona, after all.

The Reds received the highest-ever transfer fee for a player involving a British club in the process,but it is Liverpool who have kicked onmore than the player they reluctantly sold in 2018.

With the transfer landscape unknown at present, Coutinho’s future is just another part of the game that faces so many questions.

But it is certain that Joorabchian’s ongoing attempts to alert the good and the great of the Premier League will not concern Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

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