Philippe Coutinho to return to the Premier League?


FC Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho could be set for a Premier League return with a new English top-flight club reportedly interested in signing the Brazilian in January. 

Coutinho has had a spell to forget in Spain after failing to meet the expectations that came with the £145 million (R3 billion) fee Barca paid to sign him from Liverpool in January 2018. 

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The 29-year-old had a season-long loan stint with Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 campaign, during which he won the UEFA Champions League with the Bavarians, but since his return to the Camp Nou, his situation has not changed for the better. 

The former Reds playmaker finds himself down the pecking order under new boss Xavi Hernandez, who seemingly prefers the likes of young talents such as Gavi and Nico Gonzalez ahead of him, with both teenagers have played more minutes than the Brazilian so far in this campaign. 

With Barca still in dire financial straits, the Spanish club is understood to be keen to get the Selecao star off their books, and Everton have now entered the race to sign him, per Mundo Deportivo. 

It is reported that Coutinho's camp has already been in contact with the Merseyside club, with the player wanting a way out of Barca to resurrect his ailing career. 

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Although he still has two years on his current deal, the attacker's exit would certainly relieve the Blaugrana's wage bill, especially given reports that there is already an agreement in place for Manchester City star Ferran Torres to join the Catalan giants in January in a £55 million (R1.1 billion) deal.

Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are also said to be monitoring Coutinho's situation at the Camp Nou, so it appears a return to England could very well be on the cards for the playmaker. 

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