Barcelona are reportedly willing to cut their losses on Philippe Coutinho and are considering allowing the Brazilian star to leave for £21million this summer – three-and-a-half-years after shelling out £143m for him.
The Catalan giants broke the bank to sign Coutinho from Liverpool in 2018, but the forward has failed to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp and was sent out on loan to Bayern Munich in 2019.
Ironically, the 29-year-old put in his best performance as a Barcelona player while on loan at the Allianz Arena, scoring twice as Bayern won 8-2 against the star's parent club in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Now his Barca nightmare could be coming to an end for good, with Mundo Deportivo (via Football Espana) reporting that the Catalan giants could accept a £124million loss on the Brazilian superstar.
That is a mega write-off, but one that Barcelona seem willing to accept as the club continues to deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.
A move could be the best thing for Coutinho, who made only 14 appearances last term after picking up a knee injury in December.
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He has no shortage of potential suitors, with AC Milan and Everton reportedly among the clubs who are eyeing a move for the ace.
According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, new Toffees boss Rafael Benitez has asked the board to move for Coutinho on a season-long loan.
He could arrive as a replacement for James Rodriguez, who looks set to remain at Real Madrid following the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti last month.
Coutinho's links with Liverpool could make him a risky signing for the Everton board, but after appointing former Reds boss Benitez, chairman Farhad Moshiri has shown he not one to be swayed by supporter sentiment.
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