Coutinho has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club he joined from Liverpool in January 2018.
This is according to Spanish radio station Cadena SER, who claim Barcelona will put an £80m price-tag on the 26-year-old – looking to recoup some of the £142m they spent 18 months back.
Phil endured a poor season individually at Camp Nou; booed by his own fans after failing to establish a regular position in the side.
Manager Ernesto Valverde doesn’t trust Coutinho in a midfield three, the position he did so well under Jurgen Klopp towards the end of his Liverpool career, and hasn’t been impressed with him out on the left flank, either.
The report suggests Manchester United are keen – but we’re not sure Coutinho would sign for our bitter rivals.
Firstly, they’re not in the Champions League next season, and secondly, we think there’s a part of the playmaker which wouldn’t want to become an enemy of Anfield.
Ideally, for us, he’d re-sign for Klopp and re-establish himself as one of the world’s best – but we’re not sure Liverpool would spend the money.
Instead, our focus will surely be on an out and out attacker – not somebody who can play in between the lines that will be filled by Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.