AC Milan and Juventus have once again been touted as potential destinations for Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho by a source in Spain.
Coutinho has not been a central figure in Ronald Koeman’s plans so far with only 165 minutes of action for the Brazilian so far this season. Marca (via CM.it) have no doubts about his future, as they insist that he will leave the Nou Camp in January.
He moved there almost four years ago from Liverpool for the astronomical fee of €135m plus bonuses, but the attacking midfielder never managed to impose himself and a loan spell to Bayern Munich didn’t manage to reignite his career.
He has also encountered various physical troubles that have made life difficult, and the report mentions that a switch to Milan or Juventus – who were offered the player over the summer – cannot be excluded.
His salary of €10.5m net per season is an obstacle, even if the Catalan club are willing to pay some towards, but the Premier League still appears to be the most likely destination at the moment.
Given his contract is due to expire in 2023, Barcelona will also sell Coutinho on loan until the end of the season with an option to buy.