It’s been a tough couple of years for Philippe Coutinho, whose career trajectory hasn’t gone the way that many expected when he made the switch to Barcelona in January 2018. Struggling with a loss of confidence and form, he was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich for the 2019/20 season as Barca signed Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, but the German side will not be taking up the option to sign Coutinho on a permanent deal. With seemingly no place waiting for Coutinho once his loan deal expires, the Brazilian looks set to be up for grabs this summer and he is most interested in a return to the Premier League.
Below, we assess the current odds of Coutinho’s suitors to land his signature once the transfer window opens again. Players wanting to bet on Coutinho’s next move can do so with Sportingbet. Check out the sportingbet bonus by Betenemy, which will give you all you need to know about how to bet on this and many other markets today.
Chelsea – 5/4
Chelsea are the current betting favourites to sign Coutinho, having registered an early interest in the 28-year-old during the current season. Frank Lampard is keen to bolster his attacking options ahead of next season after admitting his team must add goals in the summer and have already secured the signing of Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech. Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Coutinho all remain on his wishlist and it will be interesting to see who Chelsea hedge their bets with over the course of the summer.
Liverpool – 6/4
Seemingly from nowhere, Liverpool have now emerged as one of the frontrunners to sign Coutinho this summer, now being priced at 6/4 to do so. It has come after reports that Coutinho has personally contacted manager Jurgen Klopp about a return to Anfield this summer and would be willing to take a pay cut in order to engineer a move back to the club that he left in 2018. However, with reports that Liverpool’s transfer budget will be cut back significantly this summer, any deal for the midfielder would surely have to be a loan move.
Newcastle United – 4/1
Should the pending takeover of Newcastle United take place, the Magpies will enter a new world in the transfer market and will surely be keen to make a splash if it does happen. Who better to make that happen than a Premier League proven player that should be available at a cut price too? Mauricio Pochettino is being touted as the Saudi’s favourite option for the manager’s job and his presence may only further strengthen the chase of Coutinho, who he worked with during his time as Espanyol manager and tried to sign during his time at Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur.
Arsenal – 6/1
Arsenal were believed to be interested in Coutinho when Unai Emery was at the helm shortly before the completion of his deal to Bayern Munich and could well be in the hunt for him once again. Mikel Arteta could be set to overhaul a midfield that has struggled for consistency this season and has already shown interest in signing Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey. With Mesut Ozil set to turn 32 later this year and his best years appearing to be behind him, a move for Coutinho could be just what the doctor ordered at the Emirates.
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