Newcastle could be the team to profit from Philippe Coutinho’s desire to return to the Premier League, claims a report.
Coutinho’s future remains up in the air after Bayern Munich allowed the purchase clause on the Brazilian loan star to expire.
It’s unlikely he will be welcomed back to Barcelona with open and, according to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalan giants are willing to facilitate a second successive loan move for the player.
Ideally they would like to sell the former a Liverpool man, but their €100million asking price is unlikely to be met, so they are willing to facilitate a second successive loan move for the player, with a one-off payment of €10m being bandied about.
His agent Kia Joorabchian has confirmed the 27-year-old would be keen on a return to England, saying: “He has a desire to come back to the Premier League at some point.
“It may not happen this year, it may happen this year – we don’t know. We really have not discussed anything for now.”
Now France Football have echoed those thoughts and say Newcastle “could win the bet” to acquire the midfielder’s services.
The Magpies are of course in the process of being taken over by a Saudi-Arabian backed consortium and the source claim negotiations have already started between Coutinho’s camp and the Tyneside club.
Apparently Coutinho’s entourage “believe very strongly” in the £300million takeover by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF) led by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman.
They are “tilting” towards a move to Tyneside, but everything will depend on whether the Premier League ratifies the takeover deal, which has recently hit the buffers.