Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian said there has been no talks about his client’s preferred summer destination, but he believes the financial mess due to the global pandemic will play a major part in the transfer.
The 27-year-old has become somewhat one of the most sought-after players ahead of the summer transfer window.
Bayern Munich are allegedly reluctant to trigger his permanent option as they see the €120million fee reportedly included in the clause is way too expensive.
Although a return to Barcelona has not been ruled out, reports suggest Barcelona want to offload the Brazilian playmaker and reinvest the money on other players.
Chelsea are one of the reported interested parties, along with some other Premier League clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City.
Coutinho’s agent Joorabchian has recently spoken in an interview with the Sky Sports explaining there have been no concrete talks about the former Liverpool man’s future but also said Coutinho’s desire to return to the Premier League.
He said: “The Premier League has always been something he enjoyed playing in and probably would love to come back and play in.
“But since the pandemic situation occurred, we have never spoken about where he’d like to go and so on.”
He then explained how the financial situation of the football clubs will determine the outcome of the transfer saga.
“I think the questions would be ‘what are the financial situations of all the clubs going to be, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic?'” he said.
“Who can afford to take new transfers in? Every club will have a different position.
“Some clubs can say, ‘my player is worth €80m’ but if nobody can pay that, the number will ease down and clubs will start put values on their players based on what the other clubs are doing.”
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