Leicester receive boost in unlikely pursuit of Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona (Photo by Eric Alonso/MB Media/Getty Images)
Philippe Coutinho of Barcelona (Photo by Eric Alonso/MB Media/Getty Images) /

Although a loan or permanent transfer of Philippe Coutinho to Leicester City is unlikely, this twist has made it at least possible.

Last month Brendan Rodgers spoke about Leicester City’s constant planning for the transfer market, despite coronavirus probably affecting spending during the summer window. The Foxes boss also said that “nothing concrete” whatsoever has occurred in that department.

Now, as of this point which is a third of the way at through June, that situation is yet to change.

Whilst giving that statement, Rodgers also talked about a footballing superstar who he originally brought to England: Philippe Coutinho came from Inter Milan to Liverpool, where the Northern Irishman was at the time. Currently the East Midlanders are the subject of speculation linking them with a seemingly outlandish move for the Brazilian.

What Rodgers said of Philippe Coutinho

At the time he was speaking about the transfer market, in May, Rodgers acknowledged what a special talent “Phil” is. He also distanced his present club from bidding for the player due to him being out of their “price bracket “, as per TEAMTalk.

It has also been suggested in national media that Rodgers would very much like to be reunited on Filbert Way with his former star.

A chance for Leicester City?

However, Rodgers’ excellent relationship with the Barca man, history with the player, probable Champions League football to offer and the fact that Leicester City have closed the on-field gap over their previously ‘big-six’ rivals, means Coutinho to the King Power outfit doesn’t seem quite as fanciful as it did before.

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Adding to that notion is the news reported by Telegraph on Friday; Barcelona are willing to pay a portion of the forward’s wages in order for the player to go to England or back to Bayern Munich. A latest twist which surely enhances the Foxes‘ chances of capturing the Brazil international‘s signature. Prospectively equating Coutinho’s wages with highest earner Jamie Vardy’s. This switch might be, according to the outlet, a loan, a permanent deal or a swap of some description.