The agent of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has played down suggestions that the Brazilian could be heading back to Liverpool. Barcelona paid a fee in the region of £105million to sign Coutinho from Liverpool in January 2018, however, he has failed to live up to expectations at the Nou Camp.
Reports in Spain and England have claimed the Blaugrana are happy for the Brazil international to leave this summer and a return to Liverpool has been mooted. But his agent, Kia Joorabchian, admits Liverpool already have plenty of options and insists it would be “very difficult” to get a deal over the line.
Jootabchian told TalkSport: “So with the build-up they’ve done and the squad they have, it [signing Coutinho] would really have to be something they would have to decide whether or not they feel there is now a current gap in the squad for someone like Philippe.
“I think it’s going to be a very difficult deal, but most of the big ones are always very, very difficult. Obviously, if he were to move back [to the Premier League], it would have to be Liverpool, but at the moment I think it would be difficult and it would be up to them.”