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Chesea, PSG, and Manchester United possible suitors for Philippe Coutinho

Barcelona will only let the attacker go if a hefty fee is offered

FC Barcelona v Rayo Vallecano de Madrid - La Liga Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images

Chesea, Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester United are on alert in case Philippe Coutinho becomes available this summer, according to Diario SPORT. The Barcelona attacker has publicly expressed he is not sure where he will be playing next season as he struggles to fit himself into the starting XI at the Camp Nou.

Barcelona broke their transfer record to bring him from Liverpool to replace Andrés Iniesta, but he has been used primarily as a left winger by Ernesto Valverde, who does not see him providing enough defensive stability to play in midfield. There also have been questions about his form and confidence.

Coutinho wants a team that will let him play with more freedom and that will have enough money to offer Barça what they think he is worth in order to successfully complete the transfer, which might cost 130 million euro, according to the report.

PSG have the money, so long as they are not impeded by FFP, and could see value in adding him alongside his national team partner Neymar. However, PSG’s relationship with Barcelona is said to be very cold at the moment, which could complicate a deal.

Chelsea reportedly see Coutinho as a replacement for Eden Hazard should he leave for Real Madrid. A return to the Premier League might suit Coutinho, who would also join a group of Brazilians at Chelsea that includes Emerson, Jorginho, Willian, and David Luiz.

However, their transfer ban would obviously throw the spanner in the works unless they can get the courts to postpone the ban pending an appeal.

United is seen as slightly less likely to buy Coutinho, but it could happen. The team has the money and could use another star. However, one potential complicating factor is that Coutinho played for United’s rivals, Liverpool.

Speaking of Liverpool, a return to Anfield has been ruled out by SPORT. Coutinho forced the move, which left his relationship with the club and their manager, Jürgen Klopp, damaged, according to the paper.

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