Philippe Coutinho “would love a return to the Premier League” one day, but his agent insists everything remains a possibility when it comes to the future of the Brazil midfielder.
Coutinho is currently on loan at Bayern Munich from Barcelona, although the German club are not expected to make the deal permanent despite him contributing nine goals in 32 matches prior to the suspension of the Bundesliga due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 27-year-old is relaxed about his future and has already attracted interest from the Premier League as his loan nears its end, with Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal among the clubs interested in the former Liverpool star.
His agent Kia Joorabchian insists he will not influence any decision taken by Coutinho, even though it may mean the club he supports misses out.
“The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter is not a secret,” Joorabchian said, speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News.
“I don’t have any preference where the players go. I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility.
“After the Champions League game he played in England we had a long chat about it.
“The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in.
“The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.”
This transfer market will be a seller’s market, with clubs desperate to raise funds through the sale of their players. Barcelona included.
It will be interesting to see what the market is for Coutinho, not only transfer fee, but wages also. I expect the financial repercussions of the coronavirus will reverberate through football for years to come. How will agents like Joorabchian handle it when clubs are unable to pay the big fees that they are used to seeing?