?Barcelona will demand at least €90m before they agree to sell Philippe Coutinho at the end of the season, while they’ve also come up with a contingency plan if the Brazil international is loaned out once again in 2020/21.
Coutinho has spent this season on loan with Bayern Munich, where despite impressing in patches, the 27-year-old hasn’t done enough to convince the club over a permanent move – largely as it would mean missing out on one of Timo Werner, Kai Havertz or Leroy Sané.
The former Liverpool star does have suitors back in the Premier League, but Sport claims any interested clubs would have to meet Barcelona’s €90m asking price before a deal is able to get off the ground.
The Blaugrana have set that price as it’s the only way they can avoid making a loss on Coutinho.
Barça also have a plan for clubs who want to take Coutinho on loan. Although they’re against including any ‘option to buy’, the club will sanction a deal that includes a mandatory €60m purchase option in 2021.
As part of any loan deal, Barcelona would look for over €10m as a flat fee, as well as forcing Coutinho’s new side to take on the entirety of his wages.
Given his performances this season, there’s unlikely to be any mad rush to sign Coutinho from Barcelona, but Premier League sides Leicester City and Chelsea have both been mentioned as possible destinations for the Brazil international.
Brendan Rodgers worked with Coutinho at Liverpool and is confident that the midfielder would fit perfectly into his system at the King Power Stadium.
There are, however, obvious concerns over how the club could finance the deal. Even if one of their first-team stars was sold to help afford Coutinho’s fee, Leicester City would struggle to match the midfielder’s wages.
Just like with Leicester City, Chelsea’s best route to sign Coutinho would initially be on loan, but the Brazilian is unlikely to be a high-priority target for Frank Lampard given the plethora of young talent already at Stamford Bridge, as well as the imminent arrival of Ajax talisman Hakim Ziyech.
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