Fresh twist in Coutinho transfer battle as new suitors emerge

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Date published: Wednesday 13th February 2019 3:17

Philippe Coutinho could end up at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, according to reports in France.

Coutinho has not yet truly settled at the Camp Nou since joining 12 months ago, with manager Ernesto Valverde claimed to have ‘given up’ on the Brazilian.

There were rumours that the Red Devils and the Blues – who are thought to be preparing for the potential departure of Eden Hazard – were interested in Coutinho’s services in January, with the Brazil international’s former club Liverpool linked too.

It never seemed likely a move would materialise in the winter window and Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu recently seemed to rule out a move this summer as well.

Further to that, Guillermo Amor, director of institutional and sporting relations admitted that the club were happier with Coutinho’s form earlier in the season following their draw against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday – but also came out in defence of the playmaker.

However, there is new speculation almost every week that Coutinho could be on his way out at the Camp Nou with Le10 Sport suggesting he could be a target for PSG in the summer.

The report claims that his compatriot Neymar – who plays for the French giants – is a ‘great supporter of the profile and qualities’ that Coutinho would bring to the club.

And Le10 Sport believes Neymar ‘will undoubtedly encourage’ the PSG board to ‘seize the opportunity’ to purchase Coutinho in the summer transfer window.


Source: football365.com