'Not the same player that left Liverpool' - Exclusive: Robinson moots sensational PL return
Paul Robinson has claimed Philippe Coutinho is in line for a sensational Premier League return this summer but is “not the same player that left Liverpool”.
The former Spurs and Leeds United keeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 27-year-old could be available for a bargain price this summer due to the current financial climate.
The Brazilian’s agent, Kia Joorabchian told Sky Sports, “The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in… and would probably love to come back and play in.”
However, Joorabichian suggested the “financial conditions of all the clubs” due to the COVID-19 pandemic casts doubt over the viability of a summer move.
Coutinho’s future has been the subject of widespread speculation amid links to Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United and a sensational return to Anfield 18 months after his £142m move to Barcelona.
When asked by Football Insider if the financial impact of coronavirus will prevent a top-six side from signing the player in the transfer window, Robinson said: “If the coronavirus is going to hit cubs it is going to hit the transfer market.
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“It will hit his value. If there is a deal to be done he might not be commanding those types of fees. If clubs cannot afford to pay fees price will go down. It is all relative.
“He does need a move. It is not the same player that left Liverpool and I think a return to the Premier League would suit him. I do not think he has hit the heights he hit with Liverpool since he left.”
Coutinho has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich but the Bundesliga giants look unlikely to exercise their option to buy.
Munich appear unconvinced despite the Brazil international having scored nine goals and provided eight assists in his 32 appearances.
In other Liverpool news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider how likely a return to Anfield is for Raheem Sterling.