Manchester City interested in Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho

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Manchester City are interested in signing Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, according to reports.

The Brazilian midfielder has struggled to recapture his form at Barcelona since joining from Liverpool in January 2018. Coutinho cost Barcelona 120 million euros plus an additional 40 million in add-ons. And has failed to prove his massive price tag.

The 29-year-old spent the 2019/20 season on loan at German club Bayern Munich. Where he won the domestic league, domestic cup, domestic Super Cup and the Champions League. But again struggled in the 2020/21 season at Barcelona scoring just three goals and claiming two assists in the whole season. He has started just 3 La Liga games this season. And is still yet to record a goal contribution.

Pep Guardiola is said to be a ‘huge admirer’ of the Barcelona midfielder since his spell in England with Liverpool. Coutinho was considered one of the best players in the Premier League before his switch to Barcelona. He scored 54 goals in 201 appearances for Liverpool. And was also a part of the 2014-15 PFA Team of the Year.

Manchester City to bid €30m for Coutinho

Manchester City have just conformed that Ferran Torres suffered an injury to his right foot whilst on international duty, keeping him on the sideline for at least 3 months. While Raheem Sterling has been linked with a move away from the Premier League champions in the January transfer window. The future of Bernardo Silva is still under question.

Manchester City are reportedly preparing a € 30m bid for Coutinho. Newcastle United are also keen to make a move for the Brazilian after the completion of their takeover. City are also scouting Real Sociedad and Sweden striker Alexander Isak.

On the other hand, Barcelona are still under financial crisis and may decide to cash in on Philippe Coutinho. This will also see them free up their wage book as he currently earns a reported £240k-a-week.

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