Barcelona plan to sell Philippe Coutinho this summer


Philippe Coutinho is FC Barcelona's most expensive signing in history, but the Brazilian could reportedly be sold to pave the way for a sensational Neymar return.

Catalunya Radio have reported that club representative Andre Cury - who played a key role in Barca's signing of Neymar from Santos in 2013 - has met with Neymar and his team as interest around a potential return for a player who left in 2017 gathers pace.

Philippe Coutinho is demanding an explanation from Barcelona management over the way he's been treated by coach Ernesto Valverde.

While that deal seems unlikely, Liverpool should just be hoping Coutinho stays at the Camp Nou for a while longer. He was on target in the Copa del Rey in midweek but that was his first goal since October.

The 26-year-old, who was signed as an option for the left-forward position vacated by Neymar and also with a view to stepping into Iniesta's shoes, has not made either position his own and could now make way as Barca plan a sensational summer swoop for his global team-mate.

Where exactly Coutinho could go if Barça were looking to find a buyer remains to be seen.

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And according to Marca, he has "hit rock bottom" and has shown little discipline both on and off the field.

Barcelona are also eyeing a move for Neymar, according to the report. And that has led to speculation that Manchester United could look to bring him back to the Premier League.

And Valverde has now called for the former Liverpool superstar to take heed from one of his teammates who's now kept him out the starting XI.

Manchester United shouldn't sign Coutinho.

Barcelona sources told AS last month that Neymar Sr's calls are "constant" and that the terms of the player's PSG contract allow him to leave for 160 million euros in 2020.