Barcelona ‘will accept less’ for Coutinho than they paid Liverpool in add ons

Barcelona will now ‘accept less’ for Phiippe Coutinho than they paid Liverpool in add-ons when he joined the Catalans as his value continues to plummet.

The Spanish side paid a staggering £142million for the Brazilian when he left Anfield in Janaury 2018.

The Red received £105m up front with the remainder, £37m, arriving in add-ons in what was a British record fee.

The midfielder signed a five-and-a-half-year deal at the Nou Camp, with a buyout clause of £355m, but his dream move has not gone according to plan.

Coutinho has struggled to make the same impact he did at Liverpool and has failed to nail down a starting spot and was even loaned out to Bayern Munich the season before last.

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He didn’t receive regular minutes under Ronaldo Koeman this term as he was sidelined with knee surgery at the start of the calendar year.

It’s no secret Barca are looking to offload the playmaker but a potential exit has been hampered by his injury as he continues to recover from the operation.

Mundo Deportivo claim that Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian has been told to find a new club, with AC Milan keen on him as a replacement for Hakan Calhanoglu who joined Inter.

Coutinho’s fall from grace is reflected in his price tag as Barcelona are willing to accept offers around the £20m mark, a fraction of the price they paid to sign him from Liverpool, according to Football Espana.

Naturally, a return to Anfield has been rumoured, but there is no concrete interest from Jurgen Klopp’s men in orchestrating a reunion.

Arsenal are another Premier League club that has been linked with the 29-year-old as Mikel Arteta looks for an attacking midfielder this summer.

The Gunners missed out on Emi Buendia, who joined Aston Villa, and Martin Odegaard, who returned to Real Madrid following his impressive loan spell at the Emirates, and could look at Coutinho as an alternative.

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