Everton ‘make contact over Philippe Coutinho loan’ after Rafa Benitez request

Everton have enquired about the possibility of signing Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho on a season-long loan.

The Brazilian midfielder has endured a difficult spell in La Liga since completing his £142million deal back in January 2018.

A combination of injuries and poor form have caused Coutinho to fall down the pecking order at Barcelona, where he is now viewed a non-essential part of the team.

The 29-year-old still has two years remaining on his current contract but has been placed on the club's transfer list for the summer window.

Everton are one side that may look to take advantage of his situation at the Spanish club, according to Fichajes.

New manager Rafael Benitez has reportedly asked the Everton board to sign the former Liverpool playmaker, so long as Barcelona are prepared to cover a 'significant part' of his salary.

It would not be the first time the pair have worked together as Benitez was the manager in charge of Inter Milan when Coutinho officially joined the Italian giants in 2010 from Brazilian side Vasco da Gama.

This would certainly be a statement signing for the Toffees and would help boost the club's possibilities of securing a European finish next season.

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One of the major tasks facing Benitez in the role, though, will be winning over the support of the Goodison Park faithful.

Many supporters are against his recent appointment due to his past Liverpool connections and comments about Everton during his Anfield tenure.

Coutinho is another individual with connections to the Reds and could be someone who also divides opinion should he represent the Blue half of Merseyside.

The Barcelona man scored three times against Everton during his five-year Liverpool stay and did not taste defeat in this heated fixture.

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