FC Barcelona president names asking price for reported Man United target
FC Barcelona will demand in excess of £300m for Brazil international Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to a report
FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insisted that Philippe Coutinho won’t be sold this summer unless a club activates his contract release clause, believed to be £355m.
The Brazil international has endured an underwhelming campaign in his first full season at FC Barcelona to raise questions about his long-term future at Camp Nou.
The Catalan side signed Coutinho in a £142m deal from Liverpool FC in the 2018 January transfer window after relentless speculation linking FC Barcelona with a swoop for the Brazilian.
Coutinho linked up with his former Liverpool FC team-mate Luis Suarez and Argentina international Lionel Messi at Camp Nou.
However, the 26-year-old has only managed to score five goals and make two assists in 19 starts and 11 substitute appearances in La Liga this season.
Coutinho has been linked with a return to the Premier League amid reported interest from Manchester United in the former Liverpool FC playmaker.
Chelsea FC have also been touted as a potential destination for Coutinho as the Blues contend with speculation surrounding Eden Hazard’s future.
However, FC Barcelona president Bartomeu has now attempted to deter potential suitors by naming a hefty asking price for the Brazilian playmaker.
“Coutinho is an excellent player and he has the coach’s confidence,” Bartomeu is quoted as saying by TVE, as reported by the Daily Star.
“He has a contract with us and he will remain at the team, unless they (another club) meet his release clause.”
Coutinho won the La Liga crown last season following his move months earlier.
The Brazilian midfielder scored in FC Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over Manchester United in the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.