Barcelona have offered Philippe Coutinho back to Liverpool, it has surprisingly been claimed. The Brazil international was a huge hit during his time on Merseyside. However, he’s struggled to live up to expectations in Catalonia since moving to the Nou Camp back in the January transfer window of 2018.
Barcelona are determined to trim their wage bill this summer.
And several big names could leave the La Liga giants behind as a result, with practically everybody available for the right price.
AS claim Barcelona may lose Jordi Alba to Atletico Madrid, despite the Spain international being an integral part of the squad.
Sergio Busquets is on the radar of Bayern Munich, while Paris Saint-Germain are supposedly in the mix to secure the signing of Antoine Griezmann.
And it’s also claimed that Barcelona have suggested Coutinho return to Liverpool, in a surprising twist.
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The La Liga titans thought they were onto a winner when they signed the Brazil international in January 2018, installed with the belief he could fire them to Champions League glory.
But that hasn’t happened, with Coutinho enduring a difficult time in Catalonia ever since.
He was loaned to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2019, helping them win the Champions League, but has failed to live up to expectations since returning from that stint.
The Spanish publication says that Barcelona owe Liverpool a payment over Coutinho, amounting to in the region of £40m.
And with the Copa del Rey winners reluctant to spend any more money on the 28-year-old, Barcelona have supposedly pitched a return to Anfield for the Samba star.
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Liverpool, despite their Premier League and Champions League success in recent seasons, are yet to actually invest in a like-for-like replacement.
And Jurgen Klopp could feasibly bring the playmaker back into the fold as he looks to steer his side to silverware next time out.
Speaking last year, Liverpool legend Phil Thompson insisted Coutinho would be a good asset for the Reds if he was to return.
“They are probably looking at that creative midfield player,” he said at the time.
“Would you take Coutinho back? I would, in a heartbeat.
“I think he’s a creative genius. You look back at his Liverpool career and he was absolutely terrific. He’s not too old and I still think he could come back.
“It probably won’t happen but it’s that creative player just off the front three that would probably just tip the balance.”
Klopp previously admitted he respected Coutinho’s decision to join Barcelona, but had wanted him to stay at the time.
“I really respected Phil’s switch from the first second,” the German told the Pure Football Podcast at the time.
“Not that I do that all the time but it felt oh wow that could be difficult.
“So it’s not about yes we signed a new contract so many weeks before that but it was really clear he would not have asked me for any other club but for this club, there was no chance.
“Then we had to be hard in the summer because we had no other solution. We lost Adam Lallana [to injury] in that time as well, we would have lost two players.
“That’s not possible, you cannot solve that on the transfer market.
“He was open to that [staying] and that was really cool. Then you have to be fair in the window and say we can do it, we don’t like it but we can do it.
“Phil was our boy for a long time. We respect him a lot and wish him all the best.
“That’s how football should be. That’s the most important thing the club showed in that moment.”