Phillipe Coutinho’s agent has recently moved to dismiss rumours surrounding talks between his client and clubs.
Coutinho’s post-Liverpool troubles
Coutinho was one of the top attacking midfielders in the Premier League whilst plying his trade with Liverpool.
This, understandably, piqued the interest of European powerhouse Barcelona, who snapped the Brazilian up for a staggering fee believed to be around £142m.
However, since departing Anfield, Coutinho’s career has been on somewhat of a downward spiral.
The 27-year-old enjoyed a decent first half-season with the Catalan giants, but his first full campaign in Spain was rather poor.
In total, the man once branded ‘the little magician’ scored just five and assisted two in 34 La Liga outings last term, an especially poor record when considering that Coutinho was playing alongside world-beaters such as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
As such, after a dismal 2018/19, the 61-time capped international was shipped out on loan to FC Bayern Munich last summer.
SEVILLE, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 23: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between Sevilla FC and FC Barcelona at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 23, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)
Coutinho’s agent discusses rumours
Coutinho’s form has improved to some extent in Bavaria, but he still looks a shadow of the player we once saw on Merseyside.
Despite his dip in form over the last couple of seasons, though, Coutinho still appears to have a number of high-profile suitors, especially in the Premier League.
Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are all said to have shown some interest in the midfielder earlier this year.
However, the English side most persistently linked with Coutinho have been Chelsea.
Unfortunately for the Blues faithful, though, rumours surrounding an imminent Premier League switch, if Coutinho’s agent is to be believed, are seemingly not true.
Speaking to talkSPORT recently, Kia Joorabchian was adamant that, as things stand, neither he nor his client have spoken to anybody about a transfer:
“Philippe at the moment, he’s at Bayern, but he’s sidelined at the moment.
“He’s had an injury, he had an operation two weeks ago on his ankle and he is six weeks for recovery for that, which unfortunately means he’ll probably miss a chunk of the Bundesliga. Hopefully he’ll be fit for the tail end of the season.
“But in terms of the rumours? At the moment we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever.
“I think at the moment everyone’s concentration is on this pandemic and how football can restart in a safe and secure environment, and the health and safety of everybody.
“The transfer side of things and where Philippe will go, or where other players will go, will come into play further down the line when things have got back to some sort of normality.”
Quotes via Goal.