Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona make u-turn over transfer of Brazilian winger

Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona make u-turn over transfer of Brazilian winger

- Philippe Coutinho is set to return to Barcelona after his loan spell at Bayern Munich

- The Brazilian forward has not impressed his employers at the Camp Nou despite his big-money move in January 2018

- Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool in January 2018 in a deal valued around £142m to replace Iniesta

Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho could return to his parent club Barcelona at the end of the season contrary to the club's plan.

The Catalans have been looking out for potential buyer for the 27-year-old who struggled to blend in his first 18 months at the Camp Nou.

He has been on loan at Bayern Munich since the start of the 2019-20 season and has scored nine goals and eight assists in 32 appearances across competitions.

However, it appears no club is willing to meet Barca's valuation for the Liverpool man who joined the La Liga defending champions in a record fee of £142 million in January 2018.

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According to The Mirror, Coutinho was signed to replace Andres Iniesta but he has failed to fill the shoes of the legendary midfielder.

Bayern have an option to make his loan deal permanent but the German champions will rather look the other way until his temporary stay expires.

Since then, the likes of Chelsea and even his former club Liverpool and Newcastle United are said to have shown interest in the forward.

The current situation will now leave Barcelona chiefs to bring the player back to Camp Nou once the season is over.

Another reason the La Liga defending champions may find it difficult to find a buyer for their player is the impact caused all teams by the outbreak of deadly coronavirus.

Leagues all over have been on suspension since the middle of last month and some like France and Netherlands have canceled the 2019-20 season already.

The Catalans want £70-80 million for the attacker but that may be unachievable with the current situation of things around the world today.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Barcelona are planning to use their record signings Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele in swap deals for other players when the transfer window opens.

Both players have yet to impress at the Camp Nou since their mega-money move from Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund about three years ago.

Dembele has been out injured since the turn of the year while Coutinho is on loan at Germain League side Bayern Munich who are not planning to make his deal permanent.

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