Coutinho missed out on a move to the Premier League after the transfer window closed, despite reports linking the Brazilian attacker to both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
The former Liverpool star remaining at the Camp Nou would make any Barcelona move for his compatriot unviable, in terms of the financial machinations as well as the makeup of the squad.
A return to England is now ruled out for Coutinho, while the potential list of suitors is looking severely limited, with PSG uninterested in a swap deal, Real Madrid ruled out, and no reported interest from Serie A clubs.
But there’s been an unexpected twist on that front, with Bayern Munich emerging as an interested party.
The Bavarian giants are reportedly still in the market for a marquee signing, and their attention has turned to the out of favour Brazilian after their original target Leroy Sane suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury for Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Should Coutinho leave for the Bundesliga, Barcelona could potentially use any funds received – and the space opened up in the squad – to go back in for their former star Neymar, according to The Daily Record.
The forward won the treble with the club back in 2015, before his world record €222m move to Paris two years later.
After a controversial, injury-laden time in the French capital, PSG are willing to cut their losses on Neymar, who has stated on the record that he’s hoping to leave the club this summer. Tensions went from bad to worse on the opening weekend of Ligue 1 as the club’s ultras told the player to “f*** off”.
The latest reports had suggested that Barcelona’s fierce rivals Real Madrid could be set for a sensational swoop for the superstar in a move reminiscent of the club’s Galacticos policy under Florentino Perez in the early 2000s, bringing together the world’s most glamorous and marketable players.
However, Los Blancos have their own issues in terms of offloading unwanted players, with the Gareth Bale situation at a deadlocked after a lucrative move to China broke down. It’s been suggested that Luka Modric could potentially be used a makeweight in any deal.
The transfer window may have closed in England, but this summer’s business is far from over. Expect Neymar, Coutinho, PSG, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid all to be linked with moves for weeks to come yet, as any deal could have a domino effect.