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Report: Philippe Coutinho tells Barcelona he wants to leave

Coutinho is the most expensive Premier League departure ever
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Philippe Coutinho has reportedly informed Barcelona that he wishes to end his disastrous spell with them in the summer.

Despite only completing a club-record €160m transfer from Liverpool in January 2018, Coutinho has struggled to earn a spot in the Barcelona line-up.

The Brazilian playmaker arrived at Camp Nou with high expectations on his shoulders. Fans and pundits alike even suggested he would become Andres Iniesta’s long-term replacement at the club.

Unfortunately, though, Coutinho’s time at Barcelona has been nothing but a disaster. Thus, he will leave this summer unless some miracle happens.

Now Cadena SER claimed the 26-year-old and his representatives have informed Barcelona of their desire to leave.

The Spanish radio show stated that Coutinho is unhappy on how things have turned out for him in Catalonia. Therefore, he believes moving on is the best solution for his future.

But Coutinho’s hopes of a swift exit appear unlikely as Barcelona have set an asking price between €105m to €110m. This could prove to be a big problem as there are very few clubs who can afford such a fee.

Ernesto Valverde’s side may, in fact, also hold out on selling Coutinho until the end of the Copa America. With Neymar now out of the tournament, the former Liverpool man could star for Brazil on home soil. Hence, this will only raise his market value even more.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are the club understood to be interested in signing Coutinho.

Out of all three, however, PSG seem the most likely one to pay for Coutinho. The Ligue 1 champions may sell Edinson Cavani and Thomas Meunier this summer which will raise their transfer budget.

Chelsea still aren’t in the clear from FIFA’s two transfer window suspension. While no Champions League football next season will likely have cut United’s budget.

BRASILIA, BRAZIL – JUNE 05: Philippe Coutinho (R) of Brazil and Assim Madibo of Qatar compete for the ball during the International Friendly Match between Brazil and Qatar at Mane Garrincha Stadium on June 5, 2019 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)