How Philippe Coutinho’s agent feels about potential Barcelona exit
Coutinho continues to be linked with a move away from Barcelona after a turbulent first 18 months at the club.
The Brazilian has failed to make a positive impact on the pitch in Spain since his switch from Liverpool.
But big European sides are still keen to land Coutinho in the next two weeks.
PSG and Bayern Munich are said to remain interested in the playmaker.
However, UOL Esporte report that Coutinho’s representatives aren’t convinced.
The former Anfield favourite could be used as part of a swap deal for PSG star Neymar.
But the UOL reports that Coutinho’s agent doesn’t feel Barcelona want to spend massive money on the Brazilian forward.
And that the amount the Catalan outfit are preparing to offer, plus Coutinho used as a makeweight, won’t be enough to persuade PSG to sell.
This means a move to Bayern may be on the cards.
But the German giants have just signed Ivan Perisic to bolster their attacking ranks.
Speaking this week, Barca boss Ernesto Valverde spoke out about Coutinho’s future.
“We do not know what will happen, but Philippe is a player who is with us,” he told reporters.
“He has not played but the plan we have with him is the same.
“We’ll see if he plays a few minutes on Saturday.
“But he is a player who is with us and we have him, of course.
“He is with us and we think he will continue with us.
“In all these transfer windows there is talk of many things.”
And the former Athletic Bilbao boss also had his say on a potential move for Neymar.
“I’m outside all these matters and focusing on coaching the team, I have enough to think about ahead of the game without thinking about players from other teams,” he added.
“We need to respect players that play for other clubs, he belongs to Paris Saint-Germain right now so no, I have nothing to comment on right now.
“I have a squad to consider and I think about them for tomorrow, what happens after that is a problem for the future.
“I’m very happy with the squad and I have no reason to talk about players in other teams.
“I’m the coach, my job is to adapt to the players I’ve got.
“At a club like this there are always mixed opinions.”