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9:00Am Updates : £105m-rated playmaker set to remain at Barca beyond this summer



According to reports emanating from Spain,newly elected Barca coach,Ronald Koeman has decided to keep Arsenal and Liverpool target,Coutinho at Camp Nou beyound this summer.The midfielder had been deemed surplus to requirement at Camp Nou prior to Koeman’s appointment.

Philippe Coutinho joined Barca in January 2018 for a transfer fee in the region of £105m which could rise up to £142m (plus add-ons).His move to Spain has not gone quite according to plan with his ex-club,Liverpool winning both the Champions league and the much sort after Premier league title barely two years after his departure.He spent the 2019/2020 season away at Bayern Munich, with the Germans having the option to sign him on a permanent basis but failed to do so.He scored two goals against his parent club as Bayern beat Barca 8-2 in the champions league.

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According to Marca,Koeman has told the Barca board to keep the Brazilian with the coach ready to give the playmaker a second chance at the Nou Camp.According to some reports,Coutinho could be deployed in central midfield instead of the more advanced positions he has played in in recent times.With that in mind,the 28-year old will only be allowed to leave the Nou Camp this summer only if a big money offer comes in.

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