Contrary to what he and fans believed, Phillippe Coutinho’s stint in Barcelona has been anything but happy. The Brazilian winger left Liverpool to sign with Barcelona only 14 months ago and albeit things started good, now they aren’t like that. Barcelona has been signing wingers and Coutinho has been left with almost no opportunities to play –even Kevin Prince Boateng is having more chances than him.
However, things seem to have a solution for Coutinho since the Brazilian can make his way out of Camp Nou very soon. He is a proved player who did everything he wanted during his days with Liverpool and now it seems like the new chapter of his career will be written in England. Phillippe is set to leave Spain but many fans don’t know where he can play next season, so, here are our top 5 best destinations for Philippe Coutinho.
Albeit things didn’t end well between the Reds and Coutinho, this actually can happen if Barcelona decides to not sell the Brazilian and give him on loan. Here is where Liverpool makes its appearance; the Magician made his name at Anfield and what better place to recover his old shape than that?
If this season doesn’t turn out to be the one when Liverpool win the Premier League once and for all, they could really use Coutinho next season; he demonstrated that can be great together with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firminho in what was one of the best offense in Europe at some point. Maybe this will trigger a lot of Liverpool fans who fell betrayed when Coutinho left, but if he can help them to win the only title they haven’t won yet, nobody will tell you he’s not welcomed.
If somebody can pay what Barcelona paid for Coutinho, that’s PSG; the French multiple champions might be a great destination for him. No one is sure whether Neymar or Mbappe will stay in the team or will leave, and Philippe can be a great substitute for any of them –he will repeat history if he replaces Neymar again, just like he did in Barcelona.
We have seen how good he connects with fellow Brazilian Neymar in their national side; imagine what kind of things the two of them would be able to do in PSG. Even if Ney leaves, he would be part of the big three with Mbappe and Cavani. PSG is known for spending a lot of money in several players and also for signing the ones that weren’t used properly in their former clubs.
Internazionale had to be very mad when they saw what Coutinho was doing in Liverpool, following his departure from Italy, where he was called the future of the team and that future didn’t last more than one season –after loans to Vasco da Gama and Espanyol, respectively. Now that Inter is trying to be relevant again, maybe they can take Coutinho under their wing and make them the leader they expected him to be back in the day.
In addition, with the imminent of Mauro Icardi, he has everything to be the leader the team will need. He knows the club, he played there and even though his performances were bad in overall, he showed some touches of what his potential could do. Now he’s older, mature and has demonstrated he has the capacity to take a team to the next level.
Chelsea has added its name to the list of candidates to sign Coutinho. The Blues have been linked with the Brazilian winger in recent weeks, with these rumors increasing now that he has stated his discontent in Barcelona.
The Pensioners have seen how their chances of maintaining Belgian star Eden Hazard in their ranks has been getting tinier and tinier as the days go by. As you may know, Philippe knows the league; Chelsea knows what he can do and what kind of player they would be getting. Plus, his style of playing is very similar to Hazard’s so this won’t be a huge change for the team.
Now, this is the most possible scenario for the Brazilian, as Manchester United is currently the most plausible option for him to play next season. These two have been linked in recent days and Coutinho has been refusing to deny those rumors about his departure from Barcelona and his arrival at Manchester.
Coutinho wouldn’t land in Old Trafford to replace anybody, but to reinforce a team that has made plenty of signings through the last couple of years and yet is unable to relive the old glories they lived until Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure. Coutinho is the type of player who could take this team to the next level and make them a real contender for the Premier League title; besides, he would be joining Liverpool’s biggest rival, making things more interesting.