Everton working on Philippe Coutinho January transfer as Brazilian snubs Newcastle move

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Everton are reportedly “working” on a deal to sign former Liverpool nemesis Philippe Coutinho. The Barcelona winger will be allowed to depart the Nou Camp at the earliest opportunity, as Xavi’s side are desperately trying to offload his monstrous wages.

It is believed, the Brazilian midfielder is now the highest earner at the club ever since the likes of Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Lionel Messi departed the club.

However, Coutinho seems to have been deemed surplus to requirements, as various reports have claimed the Catalans are trying to offload him in the January transfer window.

Barcelona are desperate to bring in some new arrivals of their own in the summer, but will have to free up some space in their transfer and wage budgets through player sales.

And Coutinho could be the next high-profile name to depart the Nou Camp, as reports from Mundo Deportivo have claimed Everton are “working” on a move to sign the former Liverpool midfielder.

The Toffees have already demonstrated that they are happy to look past previous Liverpool allegiances if they feel the player or, in Rafa Benitez’s case, manager is right for the club.

Many Blues’ fans were furious when Benitez was appointed as Carlo Ancelotti’s appointment in the summer.

The Spaniard was the Toffees’ arch-nemesis during his time managing Liverpool, where he once referred to them as “a small club”.

And the former Reds’ manager could now very well bring in a former Reds’ icon, as Coutinho has also reportedly snubbed any potential moves to Newcastle United.

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The Magpies had been linked with a move for the Brazilian midfielder ever since the club was taken over by a consortium spearheaded by the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the Reuben Brothers.

Unfortunately for Eddie Howe’s side, Sport also claims Coutinho is not interested in a move to the Premier League strugglers, despite their overwhelming financial power.

While a move to St James’ Park appears to be out of the question, Coutinho’s future at the club remains finite.

Barcelona is reportedly so desperate to remove Coutinho’s salary from their wage bill, they have even discussed the prospect of terminating his Barcelona contract completely.

The club have also launched an ‘SOS message’ to the Brazilian and his agents Kia Joorabchian and Giuliano Bertolucci, asking them to do whatever it takes to move Coutinho onto a new club.

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Barcelona would even allow the 29-year-old to move to a club on loan, even if it resulted in him departing the club for a for a free transfer at the end of his contract in June 2023.

The La Liga giants are currently in the market for a new striker to compensate for Sergio Aguero’s heartbreaking retirement.

Aguero was forced to hang up his boots after being diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia in the middle of the season.

Since the Manchester City star was forced to prematurely walk away from the Beautiful Game, former Newcastle United flop Luuk de Jong is now the club’s only natural striker.

The Blaugrana have been linked with loan moves for Manchester United hitman Edinson Cavani and Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but they would likely still need to reduce their wage bill to finance the moves.

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