Everton have been told they can sign Philippe Coutinho at nearly half price this summer, Football Insider has learned.
The Merseysiders are among the Premier League big hitters who have registered an early interest in the Brazilian superstar ahead of the window.
An Everton source has told Football Insider that Barcelona are looking for a buyer for Coutinho and have let it be known via intermediaries that he is available for a season-long loan or a massively reduced price of around £80million on a permanent deal.
The 27-year-old has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich, but they have opted against the option to make his switch permanent.
That has opened the door for Coutinho to leave Barcelona, who are keen to raise funds with a big-money sale as well as get a high earner off their wage bill.
He was signed from Liverpool in January 2018 for a fee rising to £142million but has failed to match the heights of his Anfield excellence.
Arsenal and Chelsea have also registered their interest in Coutinho, whose price this summer will also be dictated by football’s changed economics as a result of the global pandemic that is expected to crush transfer fees.
That could allow Premier League clubs to snap up a genuinely elite talent at a fraction of the price they would normally pay.
Coutinho played the best football of his career Liverpool, where he flourished under Jurgen Klopp as the creator-in-chief.
He has had mixed returns at Barcelona – 21 goals and 11 assists from 76 matches – and Bayern, where his 32 games have yielded nine goals and eight assists.
Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian admitted his client would love to return to the Premier League, but insisted the ongoing health crisis made his future unclear.
‘The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in,’ he told Sky Sports.
‘The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.’
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