Everton keeping track of Barcelona forward

Everton are keeping a track of Philippe Coutinho’s situation at Barcelona.

Philippe Coutinho’s transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona was seen as a major upshift in the Brazilian’s career. Coutinho forced a transfer to Barcelona because he thought he’d have a better chance at winning the Champions League and other trophies at Camp Nou than at Anfield. Since the move, Liverpool have been crowned the UEFA Cahmpions League winners, UEFA Super Cup winners, FIFA Club World cup champions and are on course to win their first ever Premier League title.

Meanwhile, Coutinho has miserably failed to make an impact at Barcelona. Growing frustrated by the underwhelming performances, the Catalonian club loaned the playmaker to Bayern Munich for the 2019-20 season. A clause was instered in the loan deal that the player can be bought by the Bavarians for €120 million.

Despite Coutinho’s 9 goals and 8 assists in 32 games at Bayern, the German club has decided not to exercise their purchase option. The 27 year old has been able to somewhat stabilize his career at the Allianz Arena and even though he may not be able to seal a transfer to Bayern, he’s kept a number of Premier League teams on alert.

Barcelona are desperate to sell Coutinho to generate funds and lighten the wage budget which has put the club into a slightly perilous financial situation. It is no secret that Philippe Coutinho is wanting to return to the Premier League. Chelsea were said to be linked with the forward but the Blues have now signed Hakim Ziyech. Newcastle United are also linked with the Brazilian as the £300 million takeover looks imminent.

According to France Football, Everton are keeping a track of Philippe Coutinho’s situation. Boss Carlo Ancelotti is adamant on improving the offensive quality and creativity within the team. The 27 year old can offer a lot to any team, playing as a No.10, slotting in the left side of the midfield and also doing a reasonable job at the left wing.

Even though the Everton board keeps tabs on the Samba star, the financial feasibility of the operation remains a big question mark. Barcelona isn’t willing to soften their asking price and expect to recoup at least €100 million of the €142 million they paid to Liverpool in 2018. The Corona Virus pandemic will have adverse effects on the transfer market and the Catalan club may eventually reduce their asking price but it will still be out of Everton’s reach.

Instead of spending such a huge sum on Philippe Coutinho, the Toffees must concentrate on other players like Allan, Cengiz Under, Ross Barkley and Pierre-Emile Hojberg.

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