While Leicester City have an interest in Philippe Coutinho, the player will likely move to a bigger club. Brendan Rodgers has now spoken about the situation.
A marquee signing for Leicester City such as Philippe Coutinho would inevitably send shockwaves around the English Premier League, along with the wider footballing community. You would definitely expect to see ridiculously wild celebrations from Foxes fans akin to a cup triumph. Not as unbelievable as 2016 – but a potentially astonishing outcome.
Though that fairytale scenario is very unlikely: due to the Brazil international’s huge wages – which dwarf Leicester’s highest earner, Jamie Vardy’s, salary – that can cause major internal squad issues, too. Then there is the fact that some of the globe’s most prestigious teams will likely desire the playmaker on their roster.
However, the King Power side does have an improved position with regards to having tangible power to secure the deal: Barcelona will partially pay Coutinho’s wage; Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has a great relationship with the player and would happily welcome him on Filbert Way. There’s almost certainly European football to offer with the Foxes next campaign, as well.
Is the move realistic for Leicester City?
Coutinho isn’t as hot a commodity as he once was – or else Barca would keep him. Whilst loaned to Bayern Munich, the Brazilian’s profile undoubtedly dropped; yet he still commands much interest. Bidding will decide this one, providing the athlete is content with whichever move presents itself to the Spanish giants as most favourable.
On Monday, Rodgers was asked by BBC Leicester Sport’s Football Forum if his transfer wishlist has changed, the Northern Irishman replied that it has not. Additionally, the former Liverpool manager confirmed Leicester have conducted plenty of conversations with other clubs about incomings. Last of all, Rodgers stated that Coutinho might be out of their price range; explaining that notable signings aren’t as important as suitable ones.