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Report: Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho begins negotiations with Newcastle United (Updated)

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After a failed loan at Bayern Munich, the Brazilian is no longer a hot commodity. He wants a move to the Premier League.

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Philippe Coutinho is barely a Bayern Munich player at this point, but there are plenty of people in our audience interested in where he ends up next, so here’s a juicy new transfer rumor for you lot. According to France Football, the Barcelona reject is eyeing a move to the Premier League this summer. Coutinho would prefer to go back to Liverpool, but his camp have already begun negotiations with Newcastle United.

According to the report, Newcastle’s impending takeover by the Saudis means they might end up being one of the few teams ready to meet Barcelona’s absurd asking price for the Brazilian. Despite troubled times in both Spain and Germany, Coutinho’s stock remains high in England. This explains why so many Premier League clubs seem to be in for him at the moment. In addition to Newcastle, teams like Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are also said to be in the running.

Of course, Coutinho’s move to Newcastle is dependent on the Premier League approving the Saudi takeover of the club, which is still not a surefire thing. If that deal fails, it could once again leave the Brazilian in limbo, unable to transfer out of Barca because of the Catalans’ exorbitant transfer demands.

All in all, a tricky situation for the player — though arguably, Barcelona will be the ones sweating the most right now. They spent 140m euros on Coutinho and are staring a massive loss in the face. If they don’t get rid of him, they might end up with a bench piece on insane wages. And all that comes in the midst of a global pandemic that has seen their revenues plummet. Barcelona are managed so poorly, it’s honestly shocking. You have to wonder what will happen to them when Messi retires.


Update

According to Sport, Chelsea are no longer in the running for Couts. Guess buying Werner did it for them.