Everton are set to sign Philippe Coutinho in a £35 million deal from Barcelona, according to reports. The 28-year-old has failed to make an impact since his £148m move from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2018. After spending last season on loan at Bayern Munich, Coutinho was brought back to Barca by Ronald Koeman and was a regular under the Dutchman before he suffered a knee injury in December. The Brazil international needed surgery to fix the problem and has already been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Everton want to bolster their squad this summer in order to mount a stronger top-six challenge next term, and manager Carlo Ancelotti reportedly wants a James Rodriguez-Coutinho midfield partnership.
Having the two South American stars in their team will definitely boost the Toffees’ creativity in the final third, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks.
The Brazil international is currently injured and has had a surgery that has ruled him out of the campaign.
Everton want to be sure he has recovered fully before committing, but plans are underway to welcome him and his family back to Merseyside.
Barcelona are keen to offload him, even for a cut-price fee, and the Catalans’ current financial struggles appear to have forced their hands.
They are ready to get his hefty wages off their bill, and while his time at Camp Nou has been largely underwhelming, Coutinho hitting the ground running on a return to the Premier League remains a huge possibility.