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Bayern Munich Alumni: The career options for FC Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho

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The Brazilian could move on from his torrid Barcelona spell.

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Ex-Bayern Munich player Philippe Coutinho has had a horrible time in Spain since returning to FC Barcelona for the 20-21 season. The lovable Brazilian spent long periods of the season injured and rarely impressed when on the field. Now, according to Sport, via Sport Bild, Coutinho has three main options for his future.

Barcelona will likely not sell Coutinho over the summer as his astronomical wages will put off potential buyers from shelling out, in addition to his salary, a large transfer fee for Coutinho. Therefore, the first two options are loans to Inter Milan or Leicester City respectively.

But there’s a catch. Firstly, Inter can not afford his wages meaning he would have to take a wage cut for a move back to the San Siro. On the other hand, Leicester have no interest in keeping Coutinho for more than the season’s loan.

This leads to the final option, which is simply staying at Barcelona. Manager Ronald Koeman is said to be a fan of Coutinho and the player and club have allegedly even negotiated on a less hefty salary in recent weeks. Therefore Coutinho staying could be a conceivable option after all.