Football transfer rumours: Philippe Coutinho heading back to England?

Today’s rumours don’t get involved in the rest of that muck

Philippe Coutinho is a man in demand – just not at Barcelona, apparently. The Brazilian has failed to gain a regular starting spot at the Camp Nou since joining from Liverpool a little over a year ago and now we are told his people are letting others know he may be open to a transfer. Manchester United’s ears have pricked up – in fact, there’s even been uninformed mutterings about a Coutinho-Paul Pogba swap deal, although Pogba obviously hasn’t heard that chat otherwise he might not have jabbered about his Real Madrid dream. Other clubs interested in Coutinho include Chelsea, assuming they are allowed to make transfers, and Paris Saint-Germain.

The list does not include Liverpool because they have moved on. And they would like it if Coutinho stayed where he is because if he doesn’t make a lot more appearances for Barcelona, Liverpool may never get up to £22m of the £142m they sold him for – a chunk of that payment being appearance-related.

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