Barcelona have proposed Liverpool that they take back Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to AS.
Spanish giants Barcelona still owe Liverpool €50 million (£42 million) for Coutinho, and instead of paying that money, they have proposed that the Reds simply take back the Brazilian attacking midfielder.
The 28-year-old, who can also operate as a winger, joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018.
As reported by BBC Sport, the total transfer fee was £142 million, including add-ons.
Philippe Coutinho back to Liverpool?
Now, on paper, that does not sound like a bad idea.
Coutinho may not have been a massive success at Barcelona, but the Brazilian is still only 28 and is – theoretically at least – at the top of his game.
There is an argument to be made that Liverpool could do with a creative player like Coutinho who can find the final ball.
True, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not tend to play with a ‘traditional’ number 10 these days, but having a creative player such as Coutinho in his squad would give him a valuable option.
Klopp himself said in 2017 that the 28-year-old is “world class”, as quoted in SportsMole, while former Tottenham Hotspur striker Gary Lineker described him as “a marvellous little player” on Twitter in April 2015.
However, Liverpool would have to pay Coutinho’s wages for the next two years of his contract.
The Brazil international’s current deal at Barcelona runs until the summer of 2023.
Sky Sports reported in May 2020 that Coutinho earns £250,000 per week as salary.
Would Liverpool be willing to pay it?