Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has offered his candid thoughts on the Philippe Coutinho transfer saga.
The Barcelona man is looking for a new club, that is clear, with Balague confirming that the LaLiga champions want rid of the Brazilian.
The former Liverpool midfielder is also believed to keen on a return to the Premier League, although any such move still looks a long way away.
Coutinho is looking to end his miserable stay at Barcelona, and TEAMtalk have been told by an Anfield insider that Jurgen Klopp has recently spoken to the player.
The Reds chief was made aware of Coutinho’s eagerness to return to the club he left in a record-breaking £142m deal in January 2018.
However, Liverpool, who pulled the plug on a deal for Timo Werner because of the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus, are not keen on a deal for the player.
Balague also claims there has been no offer from Arsenal and says Newcastle’s interest depends on several factors.
Balague said: “The idea is for him to go to the Premier League. There has been talk of Arsenal, but nothing has arrived from Arsenal.
“And there has been talk about Liverpool and him going back on loan. There is no truth in it whatsoever.
‘Basically Liverpool are not interested in Coutinho’
“Basically Liverpool are not interested and no offer has been made. I understand his representatives have to make it look like there is an auction for him, but there isn’t.
“The favourites from the Premier League are Newcastle if their takeover completes and if they can agree a deal with Barcelona,” Balague told Sport in a video.
Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, but they did not take up the option clause to sign the player permanently.
Sport, cited by the Metro, has in fact claimed that Barca boss Quique Setien is a fan of Coutinho and would be happy to welcome him back into the squad, but that the club’s hierarchy would prefer to offload him.
And such is their desperation to cut their losses on the flop, they have lowered their asking price again to £44.5m and will also accept player swap offers.