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Everton Join The Race To Sign Former Liverpool Star Philippe Coutinho

Rory O'Callaghan

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Everton Join The Race To Sign Former Liverpool Star Philippe Coutinho

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Everton are interested in signing former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain.

Coutinho, 29, left Anfield to join Barcelona in a £105m move in 2018, which remains the third-most expensive transfer in history.

The Brazilian has spectacularly failed to live up to his price-tag during his three-and-a-half seasons at the Nou Camp and is now deemed surplus to requirements.

Coutinho has failed to live up to expectations at Barcelona (Image credit: Alamy)
Coutinho has failed to live up to expectations at Barcelona (Image credit: Alamy)

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Head coach Xavi is keen to bolster his attacking options in January but the Catalan club must sell players first to remain within La Liga’s salary cap rules.

Coutinho still has two years left on his deal and Barcelona are keen to offload the playmaker.

Several Premier League teams have been linked with a move for Coutinho, including Tottenham and Newcastle.

According to AS, Everton have now joined the race the sign the Brazil international.

The Spanish newspaper claim Coutinho’s representatives have been in contact with the Toffees, who are managed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.

Coutinho scored 54 goals in 201 games for Liverpool (Image credit: Alamy)
Coutinho scored 54 goals in 201 games for Liverpool (Image credit: Alamy)

Barcelona are hoping to complete a deal for Manchester City forward Ferran Torres in the coming days but will be unable to add the striker to their squad unless they sell other players, according to BBC Sport.

Barcelona have agreed to pay €55m (£46.7m) with a further €10m (£8.5m) in add-ons for the 21-year-old Spain international.

However, the Catalans have only been able to fund the move because of a recent bank loan.

Barcelona boss Xavi is keen to sign new players in January (Image credit: PA)
Barcelona boss Xavi is keen to sign new players in January (Image credit: PA)

Barcelona could be looking to offload as many as seven first-team players next month to free up funds.

Along with Coutinho, the most high-profile player linked with an exit is Netherlands international Frenkie de Jong.

De Jong joined Barcelona in a £75m move from Ajax in 2019 but may be allowed to leave the club next month after failing to live up to expectations.

Would Coutinho be a good signing for Everton? Let us know your thoughts.

Topics: Barcelona, Football, Everton, Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho, Transfers, Premier League, La Liga

Rory O'Callaghan
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