Three clubs who could sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona this transfer window



Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho could be set for a summer exit to end his Nou Camp nightmare.

After a miserable spell with the Catalan club, Coutinho is amongst those who could depart as he eyes a fresh opportunity.

According to Marca , the Brazil playmaker has decided he wants to leave, although he does not want to take a major pay cut to do so.

The Spanish newspaper have named Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea as the three clubs in with a chance of landing the former Liverpool man.

But a return to Anfield is not on the cards, nor is a switch to Manchester United , which was mentioned as a possibility in the January transfer window.

With Coutinho wanting to keep his salary close to his current £12m per year annual takings after tax, some serious financial clout would be required to sign him.

PSG and Manchester City both fit the bill with their spending power, and a move to the French capital looks most likely with a chance to link up with Neymar and boost their Champions League hopes.

But City could allow him to get back to the Premier League, where he starred for Liverpool, and the possible departure of Leroy Sane could open up a spot in Pep Guardiola’s talent-filled attack.

Chelsea have received a significant financial boost following the sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid , and they are desperate to replace him with a star name.

However, they will rely on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to deal with their transfer ban.

Unless their ban is suspended or lifted following their appeal, they will be unable to sign players and Coutinho will not be able to head to Stamford Bridge.