Barcelona 'to request £9m loan fee for Philippe Coutinho'

Barcelona ‘will request £9m loan fee for Philippe Coutinho’ as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United battle for former Liverpool man’s signature

  • Philippe Coutinho has struggled to adapt to life since joining Barcelona in 2018 
  • Barcelona are keen to sell the Brazilian who has spent a year at Bayern Munich
  • They accept they might have to loan Coutinho out for a second successive year 

Barcelona would request a fee of just under £9m from any English club looking to snatch Philippe Coutinho on a loan deal this summer.

The former Liverpool star has been widely tipped to return to the Premier League after struggling to adapt to life at the Nou Camp.

The 27-year-old who has spent this season at Bayern Munich is being pursued by several English giants with Arsenal reportedly leading the race ahead of Manchester United and Chelsea.

Several Premier League sides are interested in signing Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho

According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants are now willing to facilitate a second successive loan move, with clubs unlikely to match their £71m asking price to purchase Coutinho outright.

Coutinho joined Barcelona in a £142m deal in January 2018 – the third most expensive transfer of all time.

However, he struggled for form during his first full season at the club scoring five goals in 34 appearances.

Coutinho has struggled since joining Barcelona and has been on loan at Bayern Munich

He was loaned out to Bayern Munich this season, but the German giants have opted not to activate their £107m purchase clause.

Barcelona are keen to claw back as much of the £142m they paid Liverpool for Coutinho, but will struggle this summer due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

And they are hoping that with the option of a season long loan including a £8.97m fee, it would give clubs a full year to generate funds to complete a full transfer.

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